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With the contentious presidential race looming, never has an honest, humanised look at the immigrant experience in the US been more crucial. In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan has nowhere to go. Kicked out by his mom and bullied by his supposed friends, he wanders the streets, before trying the mosque as a last resort. Soon he has a new job, friends and newfound faith. But when Adan hits a stray dog on the job, he ends up back on the streets, dog in tow. In an increasingly hostile and unpredictable world, this little companion may just be his closest friend. A beautifully acted and shot film depicting the universal plight of those trying to find their feet in a new country.
Followed by a discussion on what it means to be ‘at home’ in an ever changing world, with poet Hamdi Khalif and academic Idil Osman.
Syeed’s first narrative feature Valley of Saints won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance and was a New York Times Critics Pick. He has also directed documentaries with cinematographer Yoni Brook, including Bronx Princess (Berlinale, POV) and A Son’s Sacrifice (Tribeca Best Short Doc, Independent Lens). These films honed his process for engaging underrepresented communities around film. As an advocate and activist for Muslim communities, Syeed has bolstered his film work with public presentations, community workshops, and interactive projects. He was co-creator of #30Days Ramadan, a global interactive platform funded by ITVS. Syeed serves as Artistic Director of Muslim Youth Voices, a multiyear initiative to empower youth to create short films for public broadcast. Last summer, Syeed took the program to Minneapolis to work with Somali youth, which became the basis for A Stray.