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Followed by a recorded Q&A with director Elizabeth Lo and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rachel Grady.


Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. As they search for food and shelter, Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal 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 solitary 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 refuge with 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 gazes of these strays act as windows into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, protesters without arms, refugees without sanctuary. The film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing. Winner, Best International Documentary, 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Official Selection, 2020 Tribeca, London and DOC NYC film festivals.


Click here for the DCEFF presentation of STRAY, co-presented by AFI Silver.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    73 minutes
  • Language
    Turkish
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    NOT RATED
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Elizabeth Lo
  • Screenwriter
    Elizabeth Lo
  • Producer
    Elizabeth Lo, Shane Boris