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A Stray (2016)



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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.


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Despite the touchy subject matter, Syeed avoids preaching and instead focuses on the protagonist's day-to-day struggle; the understated drama benefits also from Yoni Brook's crisp cinematography and Abdirahman's multifaceted performance.

December 15, 2016 | Full Review…

In addition to being a tender film about a man finding redemption in caring for a canine, Syeed's pious film is refreshing, showing us a corner of America that we never see.

October 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The substantial pleasures of the movie are supplemented by the gratification of seeing an emerging talent with concerns far outside the conventional indie realm asserting himself with such authority.

October 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Most of the turns of plot feel organic, ours to discover, as long as we're paying attention.

October 18, 2016 | Full Review…

The writer-director's seemingly random yet never aimless narrative avoids predictable sentimental notes as well as any explicit backstory, leaving us to fill in the blanks.

March 30, 2016 | Full Review…

A Stray, directed by Musa Syeed, is about the symbiosis of faith in God and in oneself.

August 1, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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