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How ‘A Stray’ Uses a Stray Dog to Tell a Story of Immigration and Assimilation

Musa Syeed’s A Stray, which premiered at SXSW, takes a look at an immigrant Somali community by focusing on a seemingly mundane occurrence: a man who comes across a stray dog.

“Man and dog is sort of an American thing and it’s sort of a barometer of how American you are to some people,” Syeed tells WheretoWatch, “so I thought it would speak to a lot of questions around assimilation and how do these things that seem irreconcilable, how do they find connection and how do they work through that and negotiate that.”