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Dog (2002)

Inja (original title)
Using a Xhosa boy as a pawn, a farmer teaches his puppy to be white man's best friend. Ten years later, both their lives hang in the balance at the mercy of the dog.


Steve Pasvolsky


Steve Pasvolsky

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Anele Vellom Anele Vellom ... Young Thembile
Lizo C. Makambi Lizo C. Makambi ... Older Thembile
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Johannes
Terry Norton Terry Norton ... Hettie
Mantoa 'Kuku' Mamputa Mantoa 'Kuku' Mamputa ... Angelina
Nomasomi Fini Nomasomi Fini ... Dora
Kulule Salman Kulule Salman ... Friend on bicycle


In South Africa, not long before apartheid ends, a Xhosa lad of about 12, Thembile, gets a new puppy. They're quickly fast friends, until the White landowner sets up an incident of cruelty to the dog that Thembile realizes will turn the dog against him. Jump ahead ten years, Thembile is a strapping young man, the dog is full grown, and the boss is aging. The three of them go off to mend some fencing. When a problem arises, chickens come home to roost. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Short

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Australia | South Africa


Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Big World Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in The Making of 'Deck Dogz' (2005) See more »

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Good film
17 March 2003 | by Spanner-2See all my reviews

This film is about a rancher in South Africa who dislikes his dog bonding with a young black boy, so he trains the dog to dislike the boy. Kinda brutal in its depiction of race relations in South Africa and in the way they treat the dog. While the film's narrative is sometimes less than complete, it is a well made film with solid performances that kept me watching from start to finish. GRADE: B+

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