About the project
Since the peak in piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia, a new type of ‘business’ installed itself in the region: this of maritime security. Dog Watch follows three characters who live in the grey zone, spending the better part of their lives waiting to face an external threat; a threat that may never manifest.
In the Somali coastline, maritime piracy has strived for decades. It is an international issue of countless political implications that has been contained, yet never resolved. Instead, insurance companies have made fortunes, armies foreign-to-the-region have found an excuse to set up camps in the area, and mercenaries have found a new niche: that of maritime security.
Dog Watch follows three characters who live in the grey zone, spending the better part of their lives waiting to face an external threat; a threat that may never manifest.
Following these maritime guards at different stages in their lives, Dog Watch reflects on their role as protectors and providers. Documenting them on land and at sea, the film questions what it means to live on the edge of what society calls “safe”.
Director & Writer: Gregoris Rentis
Country of Production: Greece, France
Producers: Vicky Miha, Gregoris Rentis, Clement Duboin and Florence Cohen
Production Companies: Byrd, asterisk*, Good Fortune Films
Languages: English, Greek
Featured: Les Arcs Works in Progress (Titra Prize), Pitching du Reel
Supported by: Eurimages, CNC, Cinema du Monde, Greek Film Centre, ERT, ARTE GEIE, CE Media Development Support