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  • Actors: Karen OToole, Gloria Richardson, Malvin Cavalier, Jesse Pullins, Randy Turner
  • Directors: Geralyn Pezanoski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating natural disasters to ever hit the United States, claiming over 1,800 lives and causing an estimated $82.1 billion in damages in August 2005. But people weren't the only victims of the storm; while rescue efforts attempted to evacuate families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and other regions hit by Katrina, most were forced to leave their pets behind, and after the worst of the storm had passed, animal welfare workers from around the country traveled to the South and saved nearly 15,000 dogs and cats who were left behind. Many of these pets were adopted by new families who gave them loving homes, but this led to an unexpected dilemma -- when the former owners made their way back home to rebuild their homes and their lives, they wanted to be reunited with the pets that they'd raised and cared for. The new masters, however, were often reluctant to give up the pets that they'd come to love, leading to an emotional tug of war between two households who had a strong emotional connection to the same animal. Filmmaker Geralyn Pezanoski explores how many pets were ignored during the Katrina debacle and how some of these survivors are caught in the middle of angry custody battles in the documentary MINE, which received its world premiere at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.


The best movie I saw during the week-long SXSW Film Festival! --Karen Valby,Entertainment Weekly

Absorbing! --Eddie Cockrell, Variety

WINNER, Audience Award --SXSW Film Festival

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sheri in Reho TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2010
Format: DVD
Mine is a documentary focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in relation to the pets left behind when people evacuated and were not permitted to bring their pets along on buses, to shelters, etc.

The first part is the immediate aftermath of the storm, when pet rescue organizations were coming into New Orleans and pulling animals out of abandoned houses. It is, of course, heartbreaking to see animals in distress. Some of those animals spent a long time alone on a roof or locked up in a house before they were rescued--some were emaciated, filthy, bug-ridden--but it is so wonderful to see them being rescued by people who truly care.

Next, the film discusses how the pets were distributed to shelters all around the country (quite amazing to see how many people and how many states were involved in this process). There was no system set up at the time for people to find their pets when they returned home; eventually, there was a system created but many of the pet owners didn't know about it or find out about it until a year or more later.

The last part of the film focuses on the frustrating and highly emotional situation that resulted when pets were adopted out to new homes and then the original owners finally found out how to find their dog...and the new owners often didn't want to return the pets. There were no laws at the time to handle this situation. The film focus on 4 or 5 families trying to find their dogs.

It is not as weepy as you might think, but it certainly is touching, especially those stories of the original owners who have finally found where their beloved pets are after 1-3 years only to learn that the new owners don't want to give them back.
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“Mine” (2009 release; 86 min.) is an extraordinary documentary that looks at the bond between humans and their pets, in the context of the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina. As the documentary opens, we get footage of Katrina hitting New Orleans at full force, and then looking at the desperate rescue attempts. Tens of thousands of residents are forced to leave their pets behind, much to their distress and frustration. The movie then focuses on the rescue efforts of those dogs and cats left behind, and what subsequently happened to these pets after their rescue, as well as to the respective pet owners and later adoptive families. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, thank you to director Geralyn Pezanoski for bringing us this documentary. To see the stories of these utterly dependent animals will tug at your heart, if nothing else. The movie brings tremendous insights how much these pets mean to their human companions, and vice versa! I’ve had cats most of my adult life, and I think this movie will very much speak to any lover of cats or dogs. Second, the movie wisely stays away from any political commentary as to the rescue efforts post-Katrina, and remains focused solely on the pet aspects. Third, while some attention is given to cats, the overwhelming majority of the documentary (I’d say probably 90 percent) focuses on dogs. No idea why that is the case. But in the end it’s a minor quibble. Bottom line: “Mine” is a must-see movie for any dog or cat lover, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 13, 2010
Format: DVD
(special thanks to Film Movement for providing me with a screener)

What makes us different from the beasts of the field? How are we not like other animals?

There's lots of ways, really. We've mastered fire, invented the internet and, sadly, brought Michael Bay into the universe. We're also unique among every other species that we know of in that we keep pets.

I've never been much of a dog person. I seem to remember my parents had a large dog when I was a toddler, but after they got divorced we just had cats. I loved the cats we had, especially Joey and Victoria who were with me from the age of about 8 until they died in the mid-1990's. Since then I haven't owned any pets (well, a few tropical fish). This hasn't been because I didn't want to, but because I've lived in places where I couldn't. So having owned pets and loved them dearly I do get at least something of a feeling for where the people in this movie are coming from.

The movie is a documentary telling the stories of various survivors of Hurricane Katrina and their efforts to get back their pets (all dogs, sadly. More dogs were rescued than cats. Why? Dogs bark). These pets have been scattered across the nation and while some are located quickly many are not, and several of them have been placed with new families that love them and don't want to give them back.

This was a fascinating film. There's no bad guys here. Everyone involved loves the animals in question and thinks they are doing the right thing by keeping them or by trying to get them back. I felt for everyone here, from the beleaguered shelter owner who was trying her best to the 86 year old man who wanted his beloved poodle back. Everyone was doing what they thought was right.
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