A Stray

Saturday, Oct. 8, 4:55 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 9, 4:55 p.m.

Director: Musa Syeed
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Runtime: 82 minutes
Language: English and Somali with English subtitles

Abdullahi A. Gallab, Ph.D., from ASU is scheduled to moderate Saturday’s post-film discussion.

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 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. – SXSW Film Festival

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

Writer: Musa Syeed
Producer: Jamila Wignot
Cinematographer: Yoni Brook
Editor: Kamau Bilal
Music: Rayzak Hassan, Brandon Scot