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An artist grapples with the loss of his brother, and the problem of canine abduction

In A Family That Steals Dogs, the US artist John C Kelley recalls a disturbing incident in which his brother led the abduction of a dog at a funeral in Arkansas. From this unusual starting point, Kelley time-jumps to his brother’s own untimely funeral at the same cemetery just a few months later, and then to a cabin in the woods in Georgia, where he finds himself in a deteriorating physical and mental state. Built from a series of sparse animations and a delicate, disorienting sound design, Kelley’s patchwork autobiography raises complex questions of artistry, mental illness and the complexities of family and home.

Director: John C Kelley

7 September 2021

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