Directed by Geralyn Pezanoski
MINE tells a heart-wrenching story about the pets that were left behind as people fled New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The footage of pets stranded in their homes and wandering the streets, abandoned and starving, is powerful, but the good news is that their plight mobilized animal rescue organizations throughout the United States to take action. Volunteers rescued as many pets as possible, and, in many cases, found homes for them. But, when people returned to New Orleans months after the hurricane and tried to track down their pets, they found that the adoptive owners were not so eager to give up the animals. The film’s personal stories invoke a range of emotions: empathy, sadness, anger, and frustration. MINE raises some fundamental ethical and moral issues and provides a thought-provoking look at the formidable bond between pets and their human friends.