festival program / Documentary Achievement Award



There’s nothing quite like the love of a dog: loyal, protective, and boundlessly optimistic. No matter the background, culture, or part of the world, this special type of love remains constant and the same. People need dogs, and perhaps they need us, but what do humans do to deserve the unconditional love they provide?

We Don’t Deserve Dogs is a contemplative odyssey across our planet, looking at the simple and extraordinary ways that dogs influence our daily lives. From child soldiers in Uganda to a dog walker on the streets of Istanbul, this deeply heartfelt documentary is a kaleidoscope of unconventional portraits from fascinating locations.

The film we be accompanied by a Q&A with Director Matthew Salleh and Producer Rose Tucker, Moderated by Miami Film Festival's Lauren Cohen.

This screening is sponsored by ViendoMovies available with Xfinity, FlixLatino, and Alacran Group.

Event Dates

October 8, 2020 to October 14, 2020 ET

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Director Bio

Matthew Salleh is a New York-based director and producer. He has directed the documentary short films Pablo’s Villa (13), Please Don’t Rush (13), Central Texas Barbecue (14), and the feature documentary Barbecue (17). We Don’t Deserve Dogs is his latest film.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Matthew Salleh
  • Producer(s)
    Rose Tucker
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Matthew Salleh
  • Editor(s)
    Matthew Salleh, Rose Tucker
  • Composer
    Blake Ewing

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    We Don't Deserve Dogs
  • Country
    United States
  • Run-Time
  • Language
    Spanish, Luo, Italian, Turkish, Urdu, Finnish, Romanian, Vietnamese, Nepali, English
  • Subtitles