Written/Directed by Musa Syeed

World Premiere – SXSW

Best MN-Made Feature – Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

Official Selection – BAM Cinemafest, Maryland Film Festival, Blackstar Film Festival…



Minneapolis: October 14-27
New York: October 21- October 27


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.


“…the film is a marvel.” HAMMER TO NAIL

“Apart from assured direction and strong performances, ‘A Stray’ succeeds because it manages to depict universal, relatable truths about the plight of those newly arrived in the country.” THE PLAYLIST (INDIEWIRE)

“…sure to tug at your emotions in all the right ways.” CINEMA SLASHER

“…the commanding performance of Barkhad Abdirahman and the beautiful dialogue provided by Syeed makes for a unique experience…In a world overflowing with indie films, A Stray is utterly unique…[It] will stay with you for many months to come.” SUBSTREAM MAGAZINE

“…impossible to leave behind.” TWITCH

“The narrative avoids predictable sentimental notes…but has an earned emotional payoff…Crisply shot and edited, Yoni Brook’s lensing and an African roots­music­flavored score highlight flavorful assembly.” VARIETY