(aka "Sag-haye velgard" or "Stray Dogs" or "Chiens égarés")


directed by Marzieh Meshkini
Iran / France 2004


STRAY DOGS is the beautifully crafted and moving story of Gol Ghoti, Zahed and Twiggy - a girl, a boy and a dog in Afghanistan, just after the war has ended in 2001. The film is written and directed by Marziyeh Meshkini, the Iranian director of 'The Day I Became a Woman', and premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, where it won the PREMIO OPEN. Meshkini gives us in STRAY DOGS insight in post-Taliban Afghan life and focuses on the effects of abject misery, poverty and oppression on the lives of women and children. Gol Ghoti (around 5 years old) and her older brother Zahed live on the streets of Kabul. Their father, a Taliban, is in prison after having been away for more than five years.

At night they stay with their mother, who is in another prison, where she awaits a trial for adultery - she married another believing her first husband was dead. The children spend the night in prison with their mother, and during the day rummage through garbage in search of something useful they can sell. Gol Ghoti saves a dog from being killed by angry kids who believe it to be a western dog. The dog is good company, which they need as they aren’t allowed to sleep in prison anymore. Desperate to be arrested and returned to prison, the children embark upon a series of failed robberies, until a fugitive tells them they can learn how to steal from Hollywood movies or alternatively, a European film - 'The Bicycle Thieves' - can teach them how to get caught.


Theatrical Release: Italy 8 September 2004 (Venice Film Festival), Canada 14 September 2004 (Toronto Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandberg for the Review!

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Runtime 1:28:42 (4% PAL speedup)

1:1.78 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.75 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Farsi (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.78

Edition Details:
• Director Filmography
• Text-based interview with director Marziyeh Meshkini

DVD Release Date: 4 Dec 2006
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Artificial-Eye gives this powerful film, made in the spirit of Italian neo-realism, a flawless transfer. The image is sharp with very strong detail. I believe that the colors are intentional.  

Of course one can criticizes (in the time of HD-DVD), that here's only used 3.79 GB of space on a single-layered disc. Why don't distributors use the full capacity that the disc gives! The DD 2.0 sound is strong, using only the front speakers. I like the small and sharp subtitle font. It's projector friendly. This is a bare-bone disc, and the only extra-material is a text interview with the director but regardless it is highly recommended!

 - Per-Olof Strandberg

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