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THE DOG WALKERS OF BUENOS AIRES
 
THE DOG WALKERS OF BUENOS AIRES
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Peter Wilson

AustraliaArgentina, 2015, 30min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Documentary
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Crew:  Producers: Peter Wilson
Email:  peter.nwbigpond.com

synopsis
The art of walking 25 dogs at once and a 4 wheeled bicycle for our 4 legged best friend: the untold story of the Dog Walkers of Buenos Aires. Put aside race, religion, social status or country - a man's best friend is undeniably a universal trend. The Dog Walkers of Buenos Aires; a 30 minute documentary by Peter Wilson in Spanish with English subtitles presents the untold story of professional dog walkers, calledpaseaperros. The Director/ Producer - stopping over in Buenos Aires for just a couple of days - first desire was to shoot a documentary in Antarctic, but the potential story of the man's best friend subconsciously planted a seed in his mind in Buenos Aires that captivated his heart and demanded his attention. The unrecognized story - which can be over looked and taking for granted easily - was literally at his feet and walking the streets of Buenos Aires. Through the stories of CristianCarballido, Diego Iglesias, Victor, Laura and long-time dedicated client Monica, you will not only discover the beauty and the downfall of the industry of dog walking in Buenos Aires, but the significance and the art of this profession. The industry is so prominent in Buenos Aires that you can't go one block without seeing at least 3 dog walkers, walking 4 to 25 dogs at any time. The ownership of a dog stems from; the pre commitment before children, the replacement of children, that missing link one desires in a friend or partner and/or completes the home dynamic. They are treated as ones child and with any being; daily care is needed and endless. Dog walkers are the nannies of the dog world; they provide door to door service, grooming, play time, social interaction with other dogs, teach them manners and treat to any medical needs; all in a day's work. The profession of dog walking has a lot more to it than clipping a lead to a collar and walking than most presume. One must be extremely fit, knowledgeable in understanding dogs and their dynamics, nurturing and disciplined - which some dog walkers fail to do so. Amongst the joy that warms any animal lovers heart in seeing the array of dogs and their walkers on the streets, the unnecessary presence of dog faeces dimes the light of this profession. An issue in Buenos Aires is a few careless undisciplined walkers fail to complete the simple task of picking up after their dog is an ongoing problem. It has created negative stigma over the profession and between walkers, shop owners and locals. Dog walkers like CristianCarballido and Diego Iglesias break that stigma with their dedication and heart-warming stories. Cristian found economical satisfaction in dog walking 8+ years ago and is capable at walking 25 dogs at once. He is educated in his profession and treats the animals with the same love and care he does for his own family. Diego created the exceptional, large 4 wheeled bicycle to produce 5 star care and keep up with the demands. Laura and Victor are also other walkers presented within the documentary that ditched the mandate way of society and found love in dog walking. Monica, a long time dedicated client of Cristian shares her experience with hiring a dog walker and her own story about having 4 dogs and 14 cats. Some may view it as laziness on the dog owners behalf in seeking a dog walker and missing out on the simply pleasure and joy of walking their pet. But with long work hours and majority of owners place of residency in apartments; it has given birth to a profession that cares and nurtures a man's best friend. The Dog walkers of Buenos Aires not only educates the nation on the profession through admirable sources but highlights that from humans to dogs, from being to being; it's the love and passion of a profession, a task that is the driving force that beats the odds. The love for pet dogs is an immediate affiliation, a desirable companionship that is and has been universal for centuries. Many audiences awaken to a new awareness on the matter of caring for an animal in their home or even a stray, through the stories shared in the Dog Walkers of Buenos Aires.

director
Peter Wilson lives in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The Dog Walkers of Buenos Aires is Peter Wilson's directorial debut.


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