indiawilds.com Blood Betting is a short on the gory sport of cock fights. This was filmed in rural Odisha in India. These cocks are specially bred with the sole purpose of fighting. They are given special food and trained. On the day of cock fights, a sharp curved knife is tied to the leg and each tries to slash at the other.
There is a significant amount of betting going on. These cock fights are illegal. However, enforcement is non-existent. These cockfights happen in big grounds in a carnival like atmosphere.
The main purpose of this film is to raise awareness and stop this social evil.
This was filmed with a Canon C300 and 24-105 lens handheld and MKH 416 microphone. I had to jump back holding the C300 on one hand as an injured rooster jumped and the curved knife attached to its leg would have sliced me.