Stray

72 mins.
Directed by Elizabeth Lo
NR
2021

Run extended! Playing through Thursday, April 15.
 

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In STRAY, a trio of canine outcasts roam the streets of Istanbul. Through their eyes and ears, we are shown an intimate portrait of the life of a city and its people.

The documentary explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following the three stray dogs as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. 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 strays' disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets.


"As simple as its title and as complex as the city it briefly illuminates... Organically and entirely without judgment, STRAY, filmed from 2017-19, builds a subtle, cross-species commentary." Jeannette Catsoulis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!