Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog

Best Narrative Feature
L.A. Jewish Film Festival
If you love history and dogs, you will love this.


Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog

Based on the novel “The Jewish Dog” by Asher Kravitz
Kaleb, a beautiful German Shepherd, grows up with a Jewish family in 1930’s Berlin and develops a deep bond with the family’s ten-year old son, Joshua. But with the passage of the Nuremberg Laws, it is decreed that Jews are forbidden to have pets. With great sadness, Joshua’s father is forced to give Kaleb away. Unwanted by his new owner who labels him a ‘Jewish Dog’ Kaleb flees and runs all the way back home to find his family, but it’s too late. They are gone. Kaleb becomes a street dog and joins a pack of wild dogs. After weeks on the street, he is swept up and brought to a Nazi training camp. There he’s taught how to hunt, track, and attack Jews. Kaleb becomes the dog of an SS Officer, Ralph, in a work camp. Ralph is kind and caring to Kaleb, who seems grateful to once again have a home.

One day, a train arrives at the camp. Kaleb is there to attack anyone who tries to escape, but a familiar scent distracts him. Suddenly, he sees Joshua, his beloved master and friend. Joshua secretly visits the dog at night. Starving, he steals some dog food for himself and the other prisoners in his barracks, causing Joshua to almost lose his life. Together, Kaleb and Joshua manage to escape into the forest.

"A unique entry in the dog movie genre. Kudos to writer/director Lynn Roth for providing the first dog-centric movie I’ve been emotionally invested in ages. Newcomer August Maturo gives an emotional lead performance." -Kevin Thomas, KEVIN THE CRITIC blog

"An unexpected gem... fresh and compelling." -Steve Kopian, UNSEEN FILMS blog

"Provides a fresh perspective on the tragedies and inhumanity faced by Jews during the Holocaust, providing hope and an image of the depth of love in the story of a dog and his boy." -The Jewish Voice And Opinion
Not Rated
Family, Jewish Culture
Lynn Roth
Lynn Roth
Ayelet Zurer, Ken Duken, August Maturo
Winner, Best Narrative Feature, L.A. Jewish Film Festival
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