Director: Elizabeth Lo Run Time: 72 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021
Country: United States
Language: Turkish with English subtitles
Presented in the Virtual Screening Room in partnership with Magnolia Pictures.
“Elizabeth Lo’s sharp-eyed study of Istanbul strays is both the ultimate love letter to dogs and a multifaceted moral inquiry into humanity.”
– Tomris Laffly, Variety
About the film:
Winner of Best International Feature at Hot Docs 2020 and Best First Documentary Feature from the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. Official Selection of Tribeca Film Festival and DOC NYC. Director Elizabeth Lo earned a nomination for the Truer Than Fiction Award recognizing an emerging director of non-fiction at the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
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, Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life and their own canine culture.