Hunting season blends primal history and the needs of the now.
In the Florida Everglades, hunting rabbits during the harvest has been a century-long tradition. Bashing them with sticks, dressing them, and selling them to the neighbors is a part of the regional history – even when everyone’s browsing Instagram in between each step.
Patrick Bresnan, fitting some poignant anthropology into his tightly-shot documentary, films one season’s session in The Rabbit Hunt. From start to finish, from the teens riding hoverboards to chasing fleeing bunnies with their hunting staves, Bresnan finds a peaceful stability.
The video is a bit graphic – especially if you’re a rabbit fan – but the small, quaint piece of American culture is worth every second of quiet observation. If you’re a fan of Errol Morris’s small-scale, slice-of-life docs, The Rabbit Hunt is a nice taste of an up-and-coming documentarian’s flavor.