Pariah Dog

USA | 2019 | documentary | 77 min. Documentary competition

Kolkata, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, is also inhabited by tens of thousands of stray dogs. The director spent three years shooting the street life of the Indian metropolis as seen by the dogs themselves and a handful of those that helped them to stay alive. While most residents remained indifferent to the dogs’ lives, four eccentric protagonists, also pushed to the margin of the society, made saving animals their life mission and a test of humanity.

directed by

Jesse Alk Festival guest

Jesse Alk was born in Ottawa, Canada. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, studied briefly at the NYU TISCH School of the Arts film department, and then attended the University of California, Los Angeles MFA Directing Program in the School of Theater, Film, and Television. He is the son of the late documentary filmmaker Howard Alk. "Pariah Dog" is his first feature film.

cinematography
Jesse Alk
script
Jesse Alk, Koustav Sinha
editing
Jesse Alk
production
Jesse Alk
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