Editor’s note: “Sled Dogs,” the movie that generated plenty of controversy in Alaska when it was released in 2016, slipped in and out of Anchorage quietly on Feb. 19. The single showing attracted 30- to 40-people. One of those in the audience was Peter Porco, a 37-year Alaskan, and former reporter and section editor at the Anchorage Daily News in its glory days. He wrote this review:
“Sled Dogs,” a 2016 documentary movie, is a disturbing and highly critical look at what it calls the sled-dog industry. It targets the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as the apex of the industry but condemns current practices in commercial sled-dog breeding, training and racing overall. It follows segments of the 2016 Iditarod but spends about equal screen time on enraging dog-abuse tales from Canada and Colorado.
I saw “Sled Dogs” on a recent Monday evening with about 30 others in a one-time-only screening at the Century 16. The movie will next be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday — first day of the 2018 Iditarod — at the Wilda Marston Theatre in the Z.J. Loussac Library. As of this writing, no other bookings are scheduled.