A Dog's Life

DIRECTORs: diane sara bouzgarrou & thomas jenkoe
90 minutes | France

While ash continues to fall from yet another wave of Californian wildfires, a group of teenage girls embark on a rehabilitation program that will mark the final months of their incarceration in the Kern County Juvenile Hall detention center in Bakersfield. Over a period of 14 weeks, they will attempt to mend their life while looking after dogs that have been mistreated. A strong emotional bond is formed between the animals and them, which is immediately broken at the end of the programm: the dogs are taken away from them and then placed in a family that is able to take care of them.

It is then alone that they must take charge of their destiny in a city ravaged by serious ecological disasters and poverty.

In a region that has once again been stricken by wildfires, will they also burn in the flames that are welling up inside them?


Production: Films de Force Majeure



MEDIA Creative Europe, Région Sud (development), CNC FAIA (writing and development), Pictanovo (writing), CICLIC (writing), PROCIREP – ANGOA

This project was selected at
Villa Albertine 2022, Pitching du Réel 2022, Eurodoc 2021


Writers & directors Diane Sara Bouzgarrou & Thomas Jenkoe
Line producer Nora Bertone
Producer Jean-Laurent Csinidis

Technical sheet

Format 4K
Sound 5.1, stéréo
Length 90 minutes
Languages English with french subtitles