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TSAFF2019: Pariah Dog | Living With Snow Leopards: Tashi’s Story

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Film: Pariah Dog

Jesse Alk | 97min | 2019 | India

Pariah Dog is a creative documentary focusing on several eccentric dog lovers in Kolkata, India. Shot over two-and-a-half years, the film paints 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 these 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.

Filmmaker: Jesse Alk

Jesse Alk was born in Ottawa, Canada, to US parents. He graduated with honours 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.

Short Film: Living With Snow Leopards: Tashi’s Story

Gayle Podrabsky | 10min | 2018 | United States

Tashi Phuntsog, a cashmere goat herder, lives high in the Himalayan mountain range of the Ladakh, India in the small village of Gya. He shares this rugged landscape with a beautiful cat, the snow leopard. The challenge comes when Tashi loses one of his goats to a snow leopard kill. Often the endangered snow leopards are killed in retaliation for the herders’ losses. Tashi gives a glimpse of the hardships he faces and how a community together can make lasting changes that help the people and the cats.

Filmmaker: Gayle Podrabsky

Director – The Source: The Story of Seattle’s Tap Water, Ron Ho Becoming Chinese: A Jewelers Tale

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