Dogs on the Inside
Dogs On The Inside looks into the transformative relationships between prisoner inmates and abused dogs during an 8 week training program. Built on newfound love and trust, inmates and dogs empathize and heal old wounds. In a landscape where feelings are dangerous and emotional barriers necessary, the love and spirit of the dogs soften prisoners and even quell rival gangs. Despite a well documented history on animal behavior therapy from Sigmund Freud to William Thomas, the film offers a fresh, first hand look into the power of the love and transformation of this wonderful program. The film is highly recommended for Universities - Psychology, Animal Behavior Theory, Socialization, Criminal Justice - as well as Correctional Justice Facilities.
"Dogs on the Inside reflects my own long term experience of teaching inmates about animal behavior as part of Jane Goodall's global Roots & Shoots program."
- Mark Bekoff, PHD. Psychology Today
- Video Librarian
- "Highly recommended."
- "Dogs on the Inside reflects my own long term experience of teaching inmates about animal behavior as part of Jane Goodall's global Roots & Shoots program."
- "Filmmakers Brean Cunningham's and Douglas Seirup's approach is straightforward, but the prisoners' desire to make a better life for the dogs - and themselves - is what will stick in your memory and your heart."
- "Two parties neglected and forgotten become the powerful emotional center of an uplifting new documentary, Dogs on the Inside."
Awards & Recognition
Best Documentary Feature
Rockport Film Festival
Audience Choice Award Grand Prize
Rhode Island Int'l. Film Festival