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This beautiful film from director Elizabeth Lo brings us into the world of street dogs living on the streets of Istanbul. Deceptively simple and wonderfully touching, Stray is a tour-de-force of documentary filmmaking. 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, the dogs Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life. Just when you think you have settled into the rhythm of the film, the brilliance of Lo’s vision becomes clear. The camera begins to focus not just on Zeytin and her ragtag bunch of fellow strays; we are also introduced to the revealing parallels of the young Syrian refugees that inhabit the same streets as these dogs.


"Stray shines a piercing light on what it means to be an outcast in a teeming metropolis...it's remarkable how often the dogs go unnoticed by pedestrians...Stray is a song from the heart, that's not to be missed."

- Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter


"One feels a soul-baring affinity with the fearless Zeytin as she searches for kindness while wandering and conquering the streets of Istanbul... Consequently, like the Istanbul street cats playfully portrayed in Ceyda Torun’s “Kedi,” dogs of the same metropolis have also been defiantly roaming freely for quite sometime and are at one with the communities where they live."

- Tomriss Lafly, Variety

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    72 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Elizabeth Lo