April 19-29, 2018

Plot

Filmed at Fishkill State Correctional Facility in New York, this documentary follows three inmates serving long-term sentences for murder and armed robbery. Typically, the men spend their days mired in a tangle of frustration, hopelessness, and regret. Enter Gloria Gilbert Stoga, a dog expert with a tough love, no-nonsense attitude and a firm belief in second chances. Gloria runs the program Puppies Behind Bars, which teaches a select group of inmates to train puppies to become service dogs for disabled veterans, whether suffering from PTSD or physical injuries that render them immobile. The new friendship formed between prisoner, veteran, and dog is as unconventional as it is profound and is, in many ways, invaluable to each. Prison Dogs captures how the powerful relationship between humans and animals can restore the lives of those deemed impossible to save.

Co-director Geeta Gandbhir to be in attendance for screenings!

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