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Wednesday, Dec 30 2009
White people stealing black people’s pets. That’s what the trailer for Geralyn Pezanoski’s documentary, Mine, looks like — the film focuses on pets who were lost in Hurricane Katrina. If you remember, almost as soon as the levees broke, people began accusing evacuees of abandoning their pets, when the reality was that the monsters in charge of the Super Dome wouldn’t allow in animals, and rescue operators wouldn’t accept them either. Thus, poor people were forcibly separated from their four-leggeds, whereupon others got to go “save” “abandoned” animals, take them to shelters, and either kill them or give them away. If that sounds harsh, don’t see the movie, which takes a level look at a few specific families playing tug-of-war with dogs, and in the course of doing so shows a lot of racial tension and inequality. “Why would she want to keep my dog?” is sort of the takeaway quote here.
Jan. 8-14, 7 & 9 p.m.; Jan. 9-10, 3 & 5 p.m.; Jan. 15-16, 9:30 p.m., 2010

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