SHEPHERD: The Story of a Jewish Canine


The timeless, unbreakable bond between a boy and his loyal dog is put to the ultimate test in 1930s Germany in the moving drama SHEPHERD: THE STORY OF A JEWISH DOG. When the Nuremberg Laws are passed prohibiting Jews from owning pets, Kaleb, a German Shepherd, is separated from his Jewish family and his beloved 10-year-old master Joshua (August Maturo).

Kaleb becomes a street dog, is captured and eventually adopted by an SS dog trainer (Ken Duken) in a Nazi labor camp where Kaleb was trained to round up and terrorize Jewish prisoners. One day, when a new trainload of prisoners arrives at the camp, Joshua gets off the train and there is a miraculous reunion when Kaleb rediscovers his unwavering loyalty to his young master Joshua.

Together, the two try to escape the camp and begin the dangerous journey to freedom. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Roth and based on Asher Kravitz’s bestseller of the Israeli novel “The Jewish Dog”, “SHEPHERD: THE STORY OF A JEWISH DOG” is a sensitively told story of love, loyalty and courage during an unforgettable time in history seen through a dog’s eyes and perspective.

Direction and screenplay by:
Lynn Roth

August Maturo, Ayelet Zurer and Ken Duken