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Stray M

Director: Elizabeth Lo
Country: USA (2019)
Language: Turkish with English subtitles

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Hot Docs 2020’s Best International Feature Documentary winner offers a dog’s-eye view of life in Istanbul.

Over 100,000 stray dogs roam freely around Istanbul, protected by a ‘no kill, no capture’ law. Three such dogs – loner Zeytin, friendly Nazar and timid Kartal – live on the city’s streets, interacting with one another and with a group of Syrian refugees who live in the shadows, neglected and forgotten. Writer/director Elizabeth Lo’s film, in a major technical feat, adopts a canine gaze: her camera sits low, at the animals’ height, and their encounters around town provide illumination for some of the city’s human population who themselves remain invisible.

Immersed in their day-to-day existence, we see how the dogs depend on the kindness of strangers and how integral these interactions are to the city’s soul. Much like the cat-focused Kedi (MIFF 2016) before it, Stray documents Istanbul’s humans, too; while following the animals, Lo (who also serves as cinematographer and editor) listens in on conversations across politics and class strata. What emerges is a playful and compassionate cine-essay on the beauty of dogs and the necessity of care and connection for all.

“Lo’s sharp-eyed study of Istanbul strays is both the ultimate love letter to dogs and a multifaceted moral inquiry into humanity … Virtuosic.” – Variety

In Cinema

Sat 07 Aug 1:00 pm [31082]
Stray (72 mins)
Star Cinema Bendigo
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
Sat 07 Aug 1:00 pm [32082]
Stray (72 mins)
The Pivotonian Cinema Geelong
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
Sat 07 Aug 4:30 pm [34092]
Stray (72 mins)
Sun Cinema Bairnsdale
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
Sat 07 Aug 4:30 pm [35092]
Stray (72 mins)
Sun Cinema Bright
100% Subtitles Subtitles
Sat 07 Aug 4:30 pm [37092]
Stray (72 mins)
Peninsula Cinemas Sorrento
100% Subtitles Subtitles
Sat 07 Aug 6:00 pm [18101]
Stray (72 mins)
Hoyts 10
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
Wed 11 Aug 6:30 pm [13311]
Stray (72 mins)
The Capitol
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles

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Featured Subjects
Kartal, Nazar, Zeytin
Director
Elizabeth Lo
Producers
Elizabeth Lo, Shane Boris
Cinematographer
Elizabeth Lo
Composer
Ali Helnwein
Editor
Elizabeth Lo
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Madman Entertainment

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