Pariah Dog is an award-winning creative documentary focusing on several eccentric street dog caretakers in Kolkata, India. Shot over three 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 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.
World Premiere and Winner of Best Feature at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2019
“‘Pariah Dog’ is a poetic ode to the human heroes who work towards a safer future for native dogs” – The Hindu
About the filmmaker
Jesse attended the University of California Santa Cruz, studied briefly at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and attended UCLA's MFA directing program at the School of Theater, Film, Television, and Digital Media. Pariah Dog is his first feature-length film. He is the son of documentary editor and filmmaker Howard Alk.