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Did You Know Kite Flying Is the 2nd Most Popular Sport in Brazil, After Football? Watch a New Short Documentary on the Subject

Did You Know Kite Flying Is the 2nd Most Popular Sport in Brazil, After Football? Watch a New Short Documentary on the Subject

Cool short documentary on "soltar pipas," as in flying kites, which is apparently a very popular sport in Brazil, after football (or what is known as soccer in the USA) – a fact that I wasn’t aware of… until now.

Courtesy of the filmmakers, Guilherme Tensol and Leandro HBL, who spent time in Rocinha, said to be the largest favela in all of Brazil, located in Rio de Janeiro: "In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, flying the pipa is more than a leisurely escape from on-the-ground realities – it’s a venue for battle, with the entire sky as the arena. Pipa designs and airborne “cutting” strategies have been passed through generations, from rooftop to rooftop."

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