This documentary describes one-year Pet Therapy activity, organized in Ostia (Rome) between 2004 and 2005, as part of an Agreement between XIII District of Rome and ANUCSS (National Association of the Use of Dogs for Social Purposes).
Pet Therapy is the definition given to a number of programs in which pets are used as an alternative support to medical and psycho-physical rehabilitation techniques.The aim of the Project was to offer a free service that would enrich the therapeutic and educational offer in the area, involving families in a leisure- and nature-based therapeutic experience.
15 families and 17 children and young people participated in the project, working with 6 Golden and Labrador Retrievers.
These are the stories of children affected by different psycho-physical problems and disorders who, by working with dogs, experienced positive and fulfilling moments, benefiting from this type of co-therapy.
The entire process is described: from the early encounters full of fears and difficulties,to the latest experiences where joy and smiles prevailed.
It shows how tasks and games with the dogs are gradually taught and how an emotionally important relationship is established with the animals.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Isabella Bruno, born in 1954, worked in Rome and Milano, realizing many documentaries about travelling, music, sport, fashion (RAI, CANALE 5, ITALIA UNO).
Beyond to the direction, she’s taken care of shooting and editing, realizing documentaries about echologist problems, Pet Therapy, life of animals.
TELEVISION PROGRAMS"LA QUESTIONE FEMMINILE" : a report in serial form about the women's condition and problems (RAI 1).
"A CASA PER LE OTTO": a documentary about the children's life in the Italian cities. (RAI 1)
"TUTTINSCENA": differents shorts about the world of the cinema and the theatre (RAI 3).
"ARRIVANO I VOSTRI": a report ten hours long about the Italian film western (RAI 2).
"GRAND PRIX": a sport program about news cars and motorcycles (ITALIA UNO).
"LA NOTTE DEL GRANDE COCOMERO": many pieces of comic films and interviews to Monthy Phyton and Benny Hill (ODEON TV).
"NONSOLOMODA": magazin of actuality about high fashion, exhibition of the cars and interior design, museum, tourist localities and cinema's and television's stars (CANALE 5).
NO LIMITS: weekly program about sports extremes (ITALIA UNO)
“SKYDIVE”: 9 serial about the differents way to fly in free fall.DOCUMENTARIES"EUREKA": a short film about some eccentric inventor during the first exhibition of inventions in Rome.
"OMAGGIO A FERRARI": a Cartier Foundation for the Contemporary Art Production, in honour at the classic cars and the Enzo Ferrari marvels.
"ESPACE BOOGIE": a short film about one big meeting of europeans parachutists. The film has winned the prize for the best informative documentary, in 46° Festival International of Sports Film (Torino 1991).
"EUROPEAN PARACHUTIST CHALLENGE II": about the world's record of the parachutist's formation, got to 150 parachutists in Belgium on the 1992. The film has winned the "Paladino d'argento" in 15° International Sportfilmfestival (Palermo 1993).
“SPIAGGE PULITE”: one ecological day in order to clean up the beach of the Lake of Vico, realized with Legambiente.
“PROGETTO GENS”: the activities with the schools, carried out from the Rangers of the Reservoir Lake of Vico.
“LA RISERVA NATURALE LAGO DI VICO”: The description of one of the most evocative Natural Reservoirs of the Lazio.
“UN CANE PER AIUTARE A SORRIDERE”: the first italian documentary about Pet Therapy.