The epic story of humans and dogs, from the Emmy award-winning showrunner Fred Fougea.

We call them “man’s best friend”, but their story is almost as old as man himself. Our very first friend in the world, they have walked by our side for over 20,000 years, helping us to hunt for food and offering us companionship and protection.

Man’s First Friend is an epic new 4K primetime documentary event that combines natural history, science and anthropology to explore the enduring relationship between humankind and dogs, and how the two species have co-evolved together.

How did dogs evolve, where did they come from to take such a prominent position in our lives, and how did we learn to harness their unique talents? Man’s First Friend takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through some of the most remote locations in the world to answers these questions and more.

Featuring state-of-the-art visual effects, dramatic reconstructions, and cutting edge natural history filmmaking, this remarkable film highlights how man and dog have evolved together and what dogs are capable of: from the Pariah dog in India who protects her owner’s banana plantations from daily attacks by Black-headed Monkeys; to Kenyan Bloodhounds trained to track ivory poachers.

From acclaimed, Emmy award-winning showrunner Fred Fougea and production company Boreales (Homo Sapiens, Wild France, First Man, He Dances for his Cormorants), this stunning documentary in 4K is a compelling and definitive look at man’s relationship with dogs.

Factual // Natural History
1 x 90’ or 2 x 48’
Produced by Boreales in co-production with Winds and NHK for France 2

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