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The Dog Was Walking By

Aktan Abdikalikov, Kyrgyzstan, 1989; 25 min
Aktan Abdikalikov's 1989 short recounts the odyssey of a dog making its way across town, encountering the highs and lows of contemporary Kirghiz society, from the fancy, manicured pets of the middle class to the down and dirty fights between stray dogs wandering the streets. A warning is in order: this film realistically depicts the harsh lives of stray animals.