Reapers’ is a short documentary film on traditional
pigeon hunters, concealed in their tower hide, deep in an
oak forest in Perigord, France. Combining a score by Olivier
Messiaen with factual scenes and dialogue, the film depicts
a secretive and disconcerting rural practice, taking
place in a rudimentary encampment of cages, wires and decoys.
Interweaving the absurd and the sinister, the film captures
the relationship between the hunters and the birds, force-feeding
their prized stool-pigeons and sharing out their quarry at
the end of the day.
The film was made with the assistance of Channel 4’s
FourDocs bursary scheme, and continues Cartwright & Jordan’s
depiction of mankind’s disparate relationship with fellow
species and the natural environment.