U.S., 2020, 73 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Elizabeth Lo, Not Rated, Magnolia Pictures
"A howling success... [Elizabeth] Lo's artful, intimate doc joins a growing body of indelible nonfiction films...that address the mystery of human-animal relationships and the need to reconsider our assumptions." —Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
Viewing Window: 72 hours
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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.
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