Monday, August 5th
A Stray tells the story of one young man’s journey for belonging.
Adan, the protagonist of A Stray, is the quintessential guy who can’t catch a break. His common refrain, introduced in the first scene: “I’m a Somali and a Muslim, no one’s gonna hire me.” The film follows Adan through the vibrant, and difficult, world of Somali refugees in Minneapolis. This city, and the people in it, are rarely seen in contemporary American films.
The film, hailed by the New York Times as “visually striking,” shines a light on what it means for some of the most marginalized Americans to find their place in this country.
A Stray was a critical darling at both the SXSW and BAMcinemas film festivals, and received laudatory reviews in the New York Times. It stars Barkhad Abdi, a Somali-American actor famous for his starring role, alongside Tom Hanks, in Captain Phillips.
This screening is presented in partnership with the Muslim Women’s Association of Pittsburgh, and will feature a moderated panel discussion with Hamza Perez, Youth Director at The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Haji Muya, Somali refugee and freelance filmmaker, Suad Yusuf of Global Minds Initiative, and graduate student Ilham Abdi, born to Somali refugees.alphabet city, city of asylum, film