Though the tone is light, the tales of eight adopted stray dogs are full of drama and duress.
Zappy grew up amongst ancient ruins. Frangos was thrown out with the trash. Liza didn't know the word "fetch". Today, Mozart is obsessed with chasing balls, while Ivan prefers cars. Ari has three legs, but plenty of barks to go around. Gamine, a jittery young mother is learning to relax, while Merenga has a flair for dance.
Together, these stories - which often include the dog's point-of-view - shed light on Athens' thousands of less lucky canines.
Directed, shot & edited byAngelike Contis
Music composed byJez Bentley
Voices of Dogs: Dinos Papazahos, Christy Papadopoulou, Alexia Amvrazi, Paris Agiomamitis, Sandrine Cheyrol
Each stray dog has its own dramatic story. I decided to record those of my own dog and my friends' dogs. I enjoyed keeping the camera low - to take on their perspective of the world.
We wanted to use humor to provide an angle on a very serious issue - that of the many stray dogs in Attica who have a rough life on the streets.
- 5th Short Soup, International Short Film and Food Festival, January 21, 2008 in Sydney, Australia
- 10th Auburn International Film Festival for Children & Young Adults (Sept 17-21, 2007, Australia)
- 47th International Film Festival for Children & Youth (Zlin, Czech Republic, May 27-June 2, 2007)
- 2nd Cyprus International Film Festival (K-Cineplex, Nicosia, Cyprus, April 14, 2007)
- Platforma Video6 Festival (Dec. 4, 2007, Bios centre, Athens)
- The Greek Animal Welfare Fund has developed a companion lesson to the film & is using throughout Greece for its children's education programme.
- Excerpts, TV STATION ANT1's "Morning Coffee" show & screenings at Nea Philadelphia schools, OCT 4, 2006, world animal day.
- Ecofilms Festival in Rhodes, Greece (Municipal Cinema, JUNE 22, 2006).
- Greek Animal Welfare Fund student awards (May 21, Cult'l Centre, N. Filadelfia & Crete, Thesski and Patra, 2006)
- Booze Cooperative's Stray Exhibit (April 10, 2006, Athens)
- "People - Cities - Animals" conference (Panhellenic Network of Ecological Org.s, Athens Municipality Cultural Centre, 2006)
- Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (March 15, 2006, packed world premiere)
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