Musa Syeed’s film “A Stray” follows Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman), a Somali refugee living in Minneapolis with no place to go. His mom has kicked him out and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, and surprisingly, God answers his prayers. He quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith, but things go south when Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job and is forced to take it in for a night. Soon, Adan’s faith will be tested and his only friend in sight is a stray dog. Check out the trailer and poster below.
This is Syeed’s second narrative feature film. His first “Valley of Saints,” about a young man’s desperate escape from Kashmir, won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance and was a New York Times Critics Pick. He has also previously directed documentaries like “The Calling,” which follows three seminarians as they train to become members of the clergy, and “Bronx Princess,” about a young woman’s journey to reunite with her father in Ghana.
“A Stray” made its world premiere at SXSW this past March. It also screened at Provincetown International Film Festival and BAMcinemaFest. It will begin a week-long theatrical run at the IFP Media Center in New York as a part of the IFP Screen Forward Starting Series starting on October 21st. To purchase on tickets, follow this link.