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Pariah Dog
Directed by
Jesse Alk

USA / 2019 / 77
minutes

New York Premiere
In Bengali with subtitles

Screening Times and Venues:
SAUGERTIES Orpheum Theater
10/5/2019, 12:00PM
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WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
10/6/2019, 4:00PM
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Jesse Alk
SYNOPSIS:
A beautiful young adult male pariah (or desi) dog, the native canine breed of South East Asia, sits alone in an empty street in Kolkata, India. His spine-chilling cry calls us to the plight of his species and that of their human counterparts, all of whose lives have been disrupted by modern India. Intertwined with scenes of oblivious residents are four remarkable people eking out an existence on the edge of society, yet committed to providing shelter, food and affection for their similarly displaced four-legged companions. Illustrated via vérité style footage over a three year span, the images captured from the streets of Kolkata are shocking, disturbing and beautiful all at once. Along with the high emotional intensity of the story, there are humorous and life-affirming moments, creating a visceral work of art that produces a powerful statement about humanity, as well as our relationship with nature at a time when the natural world is increasingly under attack. —Max Wexler
BIO:
Jesse Alk was born in Ottawa, Canada, to American parents. 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.
MAIN CREDITS:
Cast/Featuring: Subrata Das, Malika Sarkar, Kajal Halder, Pinaki Dasgupta
Executive Producer(s): Aditi Sircar
Producer(s): Jesse Alk (producer), Noah Lerner (co-producer), Sean Farnel (consulting producer)
Director(s): Jesse Alk
Screenwriter(s): Jesse Alk, Koustav Sinha
Cinematographer(s): Jesse Alk
Editor(s): Jesse Alk
Sound Designer(s): Brian Rund
 
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