Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.


March 12–29

MoMI is pleased to partner with Magnolia Pictures to bring Stray directly to Museum members and patrons to view from home.

View Stray from home (Tickets: $12 / $10 MoMI members). A portion of ticket sales benefits the Museum and its staff.

Dir. Elizabeth Lo. U.S. 2020, 73 mins. Working as her own cinematographer, director Elizabeth Lo eloquently captures the perspectives of three stray dogs searching for food and shelter on the streets of Istanbul, exploring what it means to live as a being without status or security. 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. These dogs’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians. Stray is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing. Winner of Best International Feature Documentary at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. View trailer.

“Mesmerizing. A captivating and immersive documentary.” —Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

Critic’s Pick: “Elizabeth Lo’s thoughtful documentary uses the stray dogs of Istanbul to comment on the human condition.” —Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

“Within its cinematic interest in capturing animality, Stray makes room for the human.” —Katherine Connell, Reverse Shot

Included with the ticket purchase are Q&A sessions with director Elizabeth Lo and film critic Tomris Laffly, filmmaker Rachel Grady and Joanne Yohannan, Senior Vice President of Operations at North Shore Animal League America.