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Pariah Dog

Director: Jesse Alk
Documentary Features :: Vanguard
Running Time:77:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
4:15 PM EST
Sunday, November 17
Thalian Black

Producer/Cinematographer: ​Jesse Alk
Co-Producer: Noah Lerner
Executive Producer: ​Aditi Sircar
Consulting Producer: ​Sean Farnel

Pariah Dog is a powerfully creative portrait of several eccentric dog lovers in Kolkata, India. Shot over two-and-a-half years, the film builds a kaleidoscopic picture of the city of Kolkata, seen through the prism of four outsiders and the dogs they love. These men and women have found meaning and purpose in their shared mission to care for neglected street dogs, who have existed in the towns and villages of India for thousands of years. For some this mission is enough, for others, dreams of a better life are always near. An achingly sweet and sometimes painful observation of the special bond between humans and their canine friends.      


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

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