DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Lo VIRTUAL SCREENING ROOM | CLOSES 4/18/21
Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays—Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal— as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life—and their own canine culture. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her.
The disparate lives of Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians who share the streets with them. Whether they lead us into bustling streets or decrepit ruins, the gaze of these strays acts as a window into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, protesters without arms, refugees without sanctuary. Stray is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.
Dog lovers will drool over this profound canine love letter.Eric Kohn, IndieWire
The film solidifies into a moving rumination on what it means to be an outcast, and on our tendency to equate worthiness with social acceptance and validity with documentation.Anita Katz, San Francisco Examiner
Watching STRAY is to see a pathway towards enlightenment unfold before your eyes, through the actions of very untraditional four-legged teachers.Morgan Rojas, Cinemacy