‘The Rabbit Hunt’ Quietly Tracks Tradition and Modernity

Rabbit Hunt
By  · Published on November 10th, 2017

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.

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