TAIPEI - Renowned movie director Giddens Ko (九把刀) and TV host Matilda Tao (陶晶瑩) yesterday both expressed their support for the documentary "Twelve Nights," which records the life of stray dogs in animal shelters.
Ko and Tao hoped that the documentary would raise awareness of the cruelty and sadness stray animals may face in animal shelters.
Raye, the director of Twelve Nights, spent years documenting stray dogs in animal shelters. Each dog has its own unique story: some of the dogs have spent years on the streets, while others still have new collars on, according to Raye.
Despite the diversity of each canine's tale, Raye said they share one thing: if no one adopts them within 12 days, they will be euthanized.
Ko, who is an animal lover himself, said that after the cinematographer Chou Yi-hsien told him about the documentary, he went to animal shelters and was shocked by what he saw.
"The environment in animal shelters is way worse than I thought it would be," Ko said, "so I decided to invest in the documentary because I want to do something for those dogs."
"I also became the executive producer for the documentary because I want to be part of something good and meaningful," said Ko, "and I believe that as long as there is love, it can beat the darkness."
Tao, who narrated the first trailer for Twelve Nights for free, was moved by the images presented in the documentary.
"I hope that this film can make people pay more attention to lives and understand that treasuring all kinds of lives in the world is a wonderful thing," said Tao.
Ko said that the main focus of Twelve Nights is to promote the idea of adopting instead of purchasing animals.
"The documentary is not trying to tell the audience how horrible the animal shelters are. Instead, I hope people can learn from the film that when you send your pet to a animal shelter, your pet might only have 12 days left to live," said Ko.