Watch Yo Galgo
Subtitles available in eleven languages, choose yours by pressing the CC button in the corner. The film is recommended by the Spanish Ministry of culture for audiences above 13 years of age.
To raise awareness about the use of hunting dogs in Spain, this film will be free to watch until December 13th.
Watch the trailer further below.
Yo Galgo is the journey of filmmaker Yeray Lopez, who sets out to investigate the plight of the galgo in Spain, after his own galgo helped him get through a heavy depression. The investigation takes Yeray to the breeders, who use the dogs for hare coursing, and deep into the hunting world where galgos are mass bred in hopes of finding a champion. The film explores the passions for competing, breeding and hunting with Galgos as well as the consequences such unregulated practices have for thousands of dogs every year. Yo Galgo sheds a light on the cruel, inhumane practices of modern day hunters who have reduced an entire dog breed to a short-lived commodity. The film also explores the relentless work of organisations striving to help the ever-growing population of abandoned dogs.
Awarded OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM at the Genesis Awards 2018, by The Humane Society.
Nominated at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for ‘Best Original Song – Documentary’.
A story never told
Once raised only by Spanish noble families, the Galgo has had a remarkable fall from grace, yet their story is relatively unknown around the world. Even in Spain, their plight is often unheard of, or worse, ignored.
The unregulated and mass-scale breeding, the cruelty associated with breed selection and the opaque use of public land used for hunting made it hard for an outsider to access the world of Galgo hunting. However, with the help of his Galgo Bacalao, the director and cameraman Yeray López Portillo was able to enter, and be accepted, within the hunting circles in rural Spain to reveal previously unheard stories and testimonies. The film takes an in-depth look at the hunter’s perspective as well as the people fighting to end Galgo hunting.
CHANNELING GLOBAL INTERESTS
From the beginning we understood that this film could and should become an international piece, but we did not expect so much interest when we started opening up the project to the public.
To increase the impact of the documentary once finished, we decided to create digital meeting points in which to share opinions and network. We started on Instagram and Facebook, which soon took off with tens of thousands of friends.
In collaboration with the NGO World Animal Protection Netherlands, and our friends from our social platforms, we collected more than 100.000 signatures demanding the Spanish Government to ban hunting with galgos. Yo Galgo has been contacted by European parliamentarians, both in Spain and in Germany, as well as lobbyist in The Hague, in an attempt to bring this issue to the European chamber. Yo Galgo collaborated with the NGO “No a la Caza con Galgo y otras Razas” in the coordination and promotion of demonstrations in favor of protecting the galgo in 31 Spanish cities, and another ten around the world.
Long story short, we are very grateful for all the awareness that we are contributing to raise about the plight of these dogs.
Film title: YO GALGO
Length: 70 minutes
Produced by Skinny Dog Films ApS
Written, directed and edited by Yeray López Portillo
Original music by Arturo Cardelús
Sound designer and Foley artist Pablo Áset
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Yo Galgo was produced in collaboration with literally thousands of people who crowdfunded with us, shared our project, and participated with their talents so this story could see the light of day. I will be eternally thankful to all of them. They showed me that films like this one, having the animal and nature front and centered, are possible.
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Yeray López – Director
Collaboration with Mini Rodini
We are thrilled to be part of bringing the story of the galgos to the younger generations (and their parents!) in collaboration with Mini Rodini. With their new collection “Save the Galgo”, 20% of the price of each item sold will be donated to the rescue organization Galgos del Sol in Spain.
Understanding why it’s necessary to save the Galgo is key, and that’s why Yo Galgo can be watched for free until the 13th of December.
Watch it, share it, and help raise awareness! The galgos need us!
Education, awareness, and creative collaborations to fight the abuses being committed to animals, are key parts of our concept.
Watch Yo Galgo trailer