CAST: Barkhad Abdirahman, Fathia Absie, Faysal Ahmed DIRECTOR: Musa Syeed TCC DIVERSITY SERIES
In Minneapolis' large Somali refugee community, Adan has nowhere to go. His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help. Surprisingly, God seems to answer. Adan quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith. When Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job, he's forced to take it in for a night. But one of his new mosque friends considers the dog impure, and he throws Adan out. With Adan back on the streets, surrounded by his old crew, ex-girlfriends, prying FBI agents, and his estranged family, the dog may be his only friend as he tries to keep his faith and get through the night.
In addition to being a tender film about a man finding redemption in caring for a canine, Syeed's pious film is refreshing, showing us a corner of America that we never see.Omer Mozaffar, RogerEbert.com
A Stray is a worthy indie drama for anyone looking to get a new perspective on immigrant life in the U.S.Oktay Ege Kozak, The Playlist