Canine Soldiers

A 3-D documentary that explores the intimate bond between Soldier Handlers and their Military Working Dogs.

Man’s best friend can be a soldier’s best friend. In a war where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, military dogs play a vital role in Afghanistan as never before. Canine intelligence and the canine’s powerful instincts are saving lives, giving soldiers comfort, hope and protection. Canine Soldiers, shot entirely in 3-D, with permission from the US Army, reveals the intimate bond between trainers and the dogs they send to war, soldiers who make decisions based on the behavior of the dogs who lead their patrol, and extraordinary stories of unprecedented acts of bravery. From a dog throwing himself over a young soldier to take the bullet from a sniper attack, to the reaction of a dog who witnessed a marine shoot a feral dog on a Kabul street and went "on strike," refusing to obey orders, we'll investigate the wartime contributions of highly intelligent companion species. Can animal behavior lend a new perspective on war, teaching us what it means truly to be human in the most inhuman of circumstances?

Synopsis


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Man’s best friend can be a soldier’s best friend. In a war where the rules of engagement have shifted from traditional combat to the unforeseen and the invisible, military dogs play a vital role in Afghanistan as never before. Canine intelligence and the canine’s powerful instincts are saving lives, giving soldiers comfort, hope and protection.

Canine Soldiers, shot entirely in 3-D, with permission from the US Army, reveals the intimate bond between trainers and the dogs they send to war, soldiers who make decisions based on the behavior of the dogs who lead their patrol, and extraordinary stories of unprecedented acts of bravery. From a dog throwing himself over a young soldier to take the bullet from a sniper attack, to the reaction of a dog who witnessed a marine shoot a feral dog on a Kabul street and went "on strike," refusing to obey orders, we'll investigate the wartime contributions of highly intelligent companion species.

Can animal behavior lend a new perspective on war, teaching us what it means truly to be human in the most inhuman of circumstances?

To honor our evolution of companionship between species, Canine Soldiers will focus on stories of intelligent behavior, acts of bravery, and the “moral” positions sometimes unexpectedly taken up by our canine soldiers and their handlers.