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Canine Soldiers: the Militarization of Love

Canine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love, explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs (MWDs) and their handlers—combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols. In wars where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, two out of three American deaths are caused by Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.anine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love follows handlers and their canine companions during rigorous training and on the battlefront. While some dog teams return deeply disturbed by the effects of multiple deployments,the film offers insights into Canine PTSD by notable animal experts, Temple Grandin and Mark Bekoff, who argue that based on our co-evolution with canines, its not surprising that dogs suffer in much the same way that people do. By acknowledging our dependence on another species to keep us safe during war, the film opens our hearts to new truths about ourselves, our connection to nature and ultimately what it means to be human.

  • Nancy Schiesari
    Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photogropher, Tattooed Under Fire, Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill,PBS
    Mann- Swept Under the Rug:How the West Was Spun, PBS
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  • Runtime:
    56 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 8, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    200,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Afghanistan, Iraq, United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    3D, HD, screens in both 2D or 3D
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    United States
    October 15, 2016
Distribution Information
  • DR
    Country: Denmark
    Rights: Free TV
Director Biography - Nancy Schiesari

Nancy is an experienced director, producer and cinematographer on both broadcast documentaries and award winning independent films. Her latest full-length documentary, Canine Soldiers, premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2016. Cactus Jack, Lone Star on Capitol Hill, aired on PBS in February, 2016. Tattooed Under Fire, aired nationwide on PBS in 2009. Hansel Mieth-Vagabond Photographer premiered on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2003, and on the Canadian and Australian Broadcast Corporation. She also directed History Man, a half hour profile on Martin Scorsese for BBC 4, London, 2004.

Nancy also comes with twenty years experience as a Director of Photography on over 30 documentaries and feature films broadcast for England’s Channel 4, BBC, ABC, National Geographic, and PBS. Nancy has filmed in Europe, the U.S, Africa, India, Pakistan, Iceland, and Latin America. She was nominated for a 2002, Television Emmy for outstanding cinematography on The Human Face, (producer John Cleese). Among her work as cinematographer is Barbara Sonenberg’s Regret to Inform,1998, nominated for an Oscar, and Pratibha Parmar’s and Alice Walker’s Warrior Marks, Channel Four, London. Nancy graduated with an MFA from the Royal College, London and is a professor in production in the Radio –Television and Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

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