Dog Days

Documentary Feature | 2013

Dog Days is a captivating portrait of American entrepreneurship. When Coite Manuel, a first-time entrepreneur, enters the street food business, he enlists the help of two unlikely women: Deane, his harp-playing aunt, and Siyone, an East African hotdog vendor and single mother of four. Coite stakes his meager life savings on a vision to revive Washington, DC's dwindling street-vending community. Along the way, he faces bewildering challenges including hostile city regulations and an entrenched local monopoly. Even though success doesn't come easily, Coite and Siyone fight to maintain hope in the face of adversity. Dog Days explores themes of immigration, vocation, and the power of perseverance.

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    • Director

      Laura Waters Hinson, Kasey Kirby


      Laura Waters Hinson, Kasey Kirby

      Executive Producer

      Rob Pfaltzgraff, Priddy Brothers

      Associate Producer:

      Lana Link

Dog Days transcends both the self-interested politics of Washington’s vending regulatory wars and the city’s byzantine depot structure, which has had a choke hold on sidewalk vendors for years . . . hugely rewarding to watch.

Tim Carman, The Washington Post
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