Men in South Central LA find hope through their dedication to somersaulting pigeons.
Pigeon Kings takes viewers through the backyards of South Central Los Angeles, where men are devoted to tumbling pigeons. Enthusiasts breed and train their birds for the Birmingham Roller Pigeon World Cup, where pigeons must fly together and somersault in unison, like a flock of synchronized swimmers in the sky.
Keith London, a former champion, guides viewers through this world. His masterwork is his family of birds, a result of decades of quiet patience, determination, and desperation. Keith becomes mentor to big-hearted Choo Choo. Having recently received the 'loser award', a gift of shame from fellow birdmen, Choo Choo is intent on improving his pigeon game.
The pigeons provide a community and a sense of hope; as long as they have their birds, nothing will stop these men.
"Pigeon Kings offers a compelling glimpse into a largely unknown corner full of fascinating people."
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