Puppymoon is a mockumentary spotlighting a newly out-of-the-closet widow, Fang, and her lover, a white dog who answers to the name Karl, initially inspired by an old East Asian folktale. In a world where underrepresented groups are often sensationalized in media, can the subjects ever truly be seen as human?
Directed and Edited by Kennie Zhou
Composition by Key Taw
Through first-person accounts from Fang, translations of Karl's statements, expert commentaries, found footage, and historical archives of human-dog relationships, "Puppymoon" parodies commercial docu-series. In a world where underrepresented groups are often sensationalized in media, can the subjects ever truly be seen as human? Despite the questionable perspective a documentary may adopt, do viewers still have the agency to empathize with the subjects?
cw: mentioning of sexuality and gender-specific violence
Kennie is a performance and visual artist whose work explores East Asian folktales and myths, gender and sexuality, and artificial intelligence. Their work has shown in film festivals, theaters, clubs, and museums, including NewFest, The Judson, E-flux, BFI, La Mama, Grace Space, Trans Pecos, Icebox Project Space, Playwrights Horizons, X Museum, Oil Club, All Club, featured by the New York Times, CNBC, Hypebae, The China Project, etc.