A Stray

A StrayRelease Date:  8/5/16; Blackstar Film Festival
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  82 mins.
Director:  Musa Syeed
Studio:  Vilcek Foundation

Cast:   Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Christina Baldwin, Ayla, Fathia Absie, Jamaal “Happy Khalif” Farah, Abdullahi Haji-Mohamed, Ifrah Mansour, Rhiana Yazzie, George McCauley.

Story:  In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan has nowhere to go.  His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways.  As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help.  Surprisingly, God seems to answer.  Adan quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith.  When Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job, he’s forced to take it in for a night.  But one of his new mosque friends considers the dog impure, and he throws Adan out.  With Adan back on the streets, surrounded by his old crew, ex-girlfriends, prying FBI agents, and his estranged family, the dog may be his only friend as he tries to keep his faith and get through the night.  Source(s):  sxsw.com.

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