Sponsored by CityFibre
Director: Elizabeth Lo
Available to stream at home from Tuesday 23 March
Immersing us into a dog’s-eye view of the world, Stray explores what it means to live without status or security through the stories of three stray dogs who wander the streets of Istanbul. 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.
Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on solitary adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds refuge with the security guards who care for her.
The dogs’ disparate lives intersect when they bond with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets. Whether they lead us into bustling streets or decrepit ruins, their perspectives provide windows into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, protesters without arms, refugees without sanctuary. Through the unfamiliar gaze of a dog’s life, Stray is both a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing and a sharp observation of human civilisation.
“THE ULTIMATE LOVE LETTER TO DOGS” Variety
★★★★ “COMPELLING” Little White Lies
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