Travel the world with this globetrotting documentary about man’s best friend.
A contemplative odyssey across our planet, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. Former child soldiers in Uganda. The local pub in a Scottish town. A dog walker on the streets of Istanbul. A kaleidoscope of unconventional portraits from fascinating locations. People need dogs, and perhaps they need us, but what do humans do to deserve the unconditional love they provide?
Shot across 11 countries with glorious 4K cinematography, the film is a kaleidoscopic collection of intimate portraits of everyday people and the dogs that share their lives. From a well-loved street dog in Santiago, Chile, to a day of dog worship in Nepal, to former child soldiers in Uganda working with dogs to relieve their trauma, the film is a celebration of the love and loyalty of our canine companions.
Filmed entirely pre-pandemic, WE DON’T DESERVE DOGS is a wonderful reminder of a world before lockdowns, travel restrictions and border closures. Gorgeous Romanian mountainside vistas are contrasted with bustling scenes of dog birthday parties in the parks of Lima, Peru. A Muslim woman walks her dog through the dusty streets of Karachi, Pakistan, while children learn to read with the assistance of “reading dogs” in Turku, Finland.
“In making this film, we wanted to explore not only the loving loyalty our four-legged friends give us, but also truly ponder the question of whether we, as humans, deserve the love that dogs can give,” shares director Matthew Salleh. “We Don’t Deserve Dogs became about so much more than capturing the heart and soul of dogs around the world. It has become a way for us to express our view of humanity, in all its faults and virtues.”
“My Kind of Cinema Heaven. I could watch hours and hours of this kind of pure & lovely storytelling ...10/10.” firstshowing.net
“Salleh and Tucker’s vision remains authentic and naturalistic… An Essential Experience... 4/4 stars." Awards Circuit
“We Don't Deserve Dogs is a beautiful documentary 4/5 Stars." The Australian
"Superbly photographed and edited." Hammer to Nail
"The stories are intimate and personal, and so off-the-beaten-path that it's
hard not to wonder how the filmmakers found these people, these dogs." The Bark
“I could watch hours and hours of this kind of pure & lovely storytelling .” firstshowing.net
"This documentary will change how you think about dogs." SFGATE.com (San Francisco Chronicle)
" We Don’t Deserve Dogs’ is a soul-stirring portrait of good dogs and the humans who desperately need them.” - slashfilm.com
“From the moment We Don’t Deserve Dogs begins, it is clear this is going to be a special film.” Brianna @ Nerds & Beyond
“.…like a good lick in the face by an adorable puppy, it’s near-impossible to resist.” Film Threat
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