Anjelica Huston has something she wants everyone to see.
The Oscar-winning actress executive produced a new feature documentary with PETA titled Breaking the Chain. Described as a behind-the-scenes look at neglected “backyard” dogs and those who dedicate their lives to helping them, the film follows PETA’s fieldworkers as they visit underserved areas of Virginia and North Carolina. Many of the dogs are chained or penned 24/7 and routinely go without adequate food, fresh water, veterinary care and shelter from the elements.
“It’s one thing to hear about the animal neglect and overpopulation crisis and another to see for yourself how dogs are left to shiver, pant, limp and suffer in backyards, where they’re confined to wire cages or tied to pieces of junk,” says Houston. “Seeing is believing, and I want people everywhere to see the individual dogs who would suffer or even die on a chain if PETA weren’t there to help.”
Neel Parekh directed and edited Breaking the Chain. Huston executive produced along with Ethan Eliam, Lisa Lange and Daphna Nachminovitch.
The film is available on-demand as of today on platforms including Amazon, iTunes, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and Vimeo. The hourlong film will also screen at the Richmond International Film Festival and the American Documentary and Animation Film Festival in Palm Springs.