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.
Yo Galgo is a film about an invisible genocide taking place while the authorities look the other way. It’s an exposé of the sharp divide between animal rights and the traditions of a nation.
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’. We are up against names like Quincy Jones, Diane Warren, Tim McGraw, and Patti Smith.
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
Re-recording mixer – Mix Facility Best Digital with Steve Miller
Thank you so much for watching. Yeray López – Director and writer
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 tents of thusands of friends, and wanted with them to do more in the “real world” for these dogs.
In collaboration with the NGO World Animal Protection Netherlands 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. We also worked in the coordination and promotion of demonstrations in favor of protecting the galgo in 31 Spanish cities, with the NGO “No a la Caza con Galgo y otras Razas” 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 og these dogs.