Surprisingly Light-Hearted Trailer for the Documentary Donkey Love


Daryl Stoneage in Donkey Love (2012) Movie Image

I love documentaries. Next to martial arts flicks and monster movies, they’re my favorite form of cinematic entertainment. Not surprisingly, the more disturbing the subject matter, the better. Much to the horror of my co-workers at the time, I watched director Robinson Devor’s 2007 documentary “Zoo”, a film that explores the sexual relationship that sometimes exists between a man and his horse. I find films that deal with the dark side of the human condition, particularly when they’re true. It’s pretty safe to say that I’m kind of a sick individual.

Enter producer Tyler Chandler and director Daryl Stoneage’s “Donkey Love”, a motion picture that explores the little-known Colombian tradition which encourages young men to have sex with donkeys. You know, to get them ready for the “real thing”. Here the problem: Sometimes the guys prefer to the companionship of donkeys over their wives. Yikes.

Although you’d think that a movie which devotes itself to this sort of behavior would be dead serious, “Donkey Love” seems to approach the subject matter with a sense of humor. If nothing else, it should make the topic much more palatable. As palatable as it can possibly be, anyway. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Have a look at the official synopsis:

Funny, shocking and controversial, “Donkey Love” is a documentary that introduces the unknown tradition of Colombians having sex and falling in love with donkeys. It starts off as a rite of passage ritual that fathers initiate with their sons and is carried on into their adulthood where men often end-up cheating on their wives with donkeys. Colombians believe that boys should practice having sex with donkeys to prepare themselves for women, that it makes their penises bigger and also that it prevents them from becoming homosexuals. This cultural practice is so widely accepted in Colombia that musicians have written songs about it, an author has written a book about it and there is even a festival that celebrates it.

If the very thought of a guy getting it on with a donkey makes you want to tweet while you’re puking, then I urge you to sit this one out. However, those who enjoy documentaries about the peculiar things human beings do will probably get a kick out of it. For more information, swing by the official Facebook page and/or follow the film on Twitter.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Jenny Edwards

    Aarrgghhh!!!!! I’m embarrassed to say that I participated in the film Zoo, and if that one irritated me, this one makes me furious. These days I spend my time teaching cops how to put people in jail for having sex with animals — any animal, any gender, from any culture. I frankly don’t give a damn if the Columbians think it’s a cultural tradition or rite of passage or a way to prevent homosexuality. A human having sex with an animal is an abuse of power. It’s rape no matter how careful the rapist is. It’s absolutely no different from pedophilia. If you want proof, come attend one of my classes. Aarrgghhh!!!! Jenny Edwards @ Chandler

    • Janet S

      Admittedly this is a gross tradition but if the animal isn’t being harmed is it any worse than using a donkey, or other animal, as a piece of farming equipment or mode of transportation? That’s also an abuse of power. What about bullfighting or rodeos? That’s horribly abusive and harms or even kills the animals but people don’t go to jail for it. What about cattle being raised on farms to be slaughtered for meat? This is an abuse of power at the highest level but a perfectly acceptable practice. The distinction for North Americans and most of the world is that this kind of relationship between a human and an animal is not socially acceptable, and nor should it be in my opinion, but I don’t see how the animal is worse off than these other scenarios that all constitute an abuse of power.

      I watched the documentary Zoo years ago and I saw Donkey Love recently and it seems pretty clear to Colombians that they develop feelings for their donkeys and even fall in love with them. They say that a donkey who has someone to love them is a happier donkey. Happier than the donkey that’s forced to do gruelling labor like hauling carts of heavy goods or be used to plough fields all day long I assume is what they mean. Or maybe they just mean that all species of animals crave love and affection and these Colombians give that love to their donkeys, most would argue they give their donkeys a little too much love, but depending on what cultural beliefs you were raised with, this is all open for interpretation.