Laika was the first living being sent into space, this documentary tells her story from the POV of her descendants, the street dogs of Russia.
Laika, a stray dog, was the first living being to be sent into space and thus to certain death. According to a legend, she returned to Earth as a ghost and has roamed the streets of Moscow ever since. Following her trace, and filmed from a dog’s perspective, SPACE DOGS accompanies the adventures of her descendants: two street dogs living in today’s Moscow. Their story is one of intimate fellowship but also relentless brutality, and is interwoven with unseen archive material from the Soviet cosmic era. A magical tale of voyagers scouting for unknown spaces.
“No one leaves this movie unchanged.” -Publico
“Brutal but also deeply sensitive; a complex work that got under my skin.” -Film Comment
Behind the Scenes
A Behind the Scenes look at working with real-life, untrained, street dogs.