2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

A Stray

Thursday, March 17
11:45PM - 1:07AM

Alamo Lamar C
1120 S Lamar Blvd


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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.

Section: Narrative Feature Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English and Somali with English Subtitles
Year: 2016
Runtime: 82min

Director: Musa Syeed

Producer: Jamila Wignot

Screenwriter: Musa Syeed

Cinematographer: Yoni Brook

Editor: Kamau Bilal

Production Designer: Isabelle Harder

Sound Designer: Silversound: Luke Allen, Cory Choy, Tarcisio Longobardi, Robin G. Shore

Music: Rayzak Hassan & Brandon Scott

Additional Credits: Assistant Director: Eric Tretbar, Animal Wrangler: Debi Pool, Animal Talent Pool, Sound Recordist: Owen Brafford, Additional Editor: Ray Hubley, Assistant Camera: John Carlos Calubayan, Script Supervisors: Rhiana Yazzie, Aleshia Mueller

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


Musa's first feature VALLEY OF SAINTS won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance in 2012. His previous work includes the short documentaries BRONX PRINCESS (Official Selection, Berlinale) and A SON'S SACRIFICE (Best Short Doc, Tribeca).

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Musa Syeed
A Stray Productions LLC

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