Main | Russ Foundation Children's Home »

Feel Home

Winner Best Short Documentary at Antenna International Documentary Film Festival 2012.
Highly commended at F4 festival as part of AIDC 2013 (Australian International Documentary Conference)
Directed, filmed and produced in South Africa by Leonie Blignaut, this short documentary is currently being screened on the festival circuit.
Synopsis: In the tiny town of Matjiesfontein, winter Saturday mornings are spent staring at the sky, awaiting the arrival of winged competitors in one of the world's most unique races. Pigeon-racing has been part of the community here for decades, and what the racers lack in financial terms they make up for in passion. "People you can't always trust, but your pigeon you can," says Ben Herder, who splits his time between pigeon-training sessions and working as a porter in the Lord Milner Hotel, across the tracks from the town. In a starkly beautiful landscape these men find camaraderie as members of the only pigeon racing club in South Africa where the race is finished by humans on foot.