Directed by Musa Syeed
The opening night of Reshaping Our World: Cinema Without Borders presents local stories and artistic vision from our Somali American community in Minneapolis. Starring a largely local cast, A Stray follows the story of a young Somali American man down on his luck in Minneapolis. He roams the city streets looking for direction in life, which plays out through the forging of friendship with a stray dog. 2016, in English, 82 minutes.
Preceded by a screening of Rumee, a documentary shorts series created by emerging local voices in our Somali community that shares refugee stories from a strength-based perspective. Works by Hamse Warfa, Halima Aden, Suud Olat, and Mohamed Warsame tell personal stories of cultural integration, resettlement, and activism in the youth community. The program will be introduced by State Representative Ilhan Omar and actor Ifrah Mansour. This important celebration of our local communities through filmmaking coincides with Somali Week (somaliweek.org).
Reshaping Our World: Cinema Without Borders is copresented with Mizna, a Twin Cities nonprofit arts organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture.