The timeless and unbreakable bond between a boy and his loyal dog was put to the ultimate test in Germany in the 1930s, in the animated drama SHEPHERD: THE STORY OF A JEWISH DOG. When the Nuremberg Laws were passed prohibiting Jews from owning pets, Caleb, the German Shepherd, separated from his Jewish family and his beloved 10-year-old Joshua (August Maturo).
Caleb becomes a street dog, who is captured and eventually adopted by an SS dog trainer (Ken Doken) at a Nazi labor camp where Caleb is now trained to help round up and terrorize Jewish prisoners. One day when a new train of prisoners arrives at the camp, Joshua gets off that train and a miraculous reunion occurs as Caleb rediscovers his steadfast loyalty to his young master Joshua.
Together, the couple try to escape from the camp and embark on a perilous journey towards freedom. Directed by award-winning director Lynn Roth and based on Asher Kravitz’s best-selling Israeli novel “The Jewish Dog,” “The Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog” is a wise tale of love, loyalty and courage during an unforgettable period in history seen through the dog’s eyes and perspective.
Directing, Screenplay and Dialogue:
August Maturo, Ayelet Zurer and Ken Duquesne
Opening in theaters
Friday, May 28