Koka, The Butcher
short documentary, directed by Bence Máté | 38’| Arabic with English subtitles | 2018
Koka’s world revolves around one simple and well-known bird: the pigeon. As a respected figure in Cairo’s pigeon fighting world, Koka devotes his time to training and caring for hundreds of pigeons in his self-built wooden tower. Under immense pressure from his conservative community to quit his passion, Koka is faced with the possibility that his pigeon fighting days may be coming to an end. Máté’s film is a dynamic piece of documentation of the legendary pigeon races of Cairo.