Filmmaker Musa Syeed will be at Facets December 17 & 18 speaking about his new film, A Stray.
A Stray follows the story of Adan, a Somali refugee residing in Minneapolis, struggling to find any sense of community in a foreign country. Between his inner circle pushing him out and FBI agents luring him in, Adan finds himself in a crisis as he experiences the everyday realities of Muslim acceptance in America. Both beautiful and captivating, A Stray captures the underrepresented community of Somali refugees in the Twin Cities, which now boasts the highest concentration of Somali refugees outside of Africa.
The film was directed by Musa Syeed, a Muslim filmmaker and writer who grew up in America. Syeed’s previous narrative feature Valley of Saints, won the Sundance Audience Award for World Cinema: Dramatic in 2012. He formerly lived in Cairo where he studied filmmaking and Muslim identity. Syeed graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts with a degree in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. In addition to filmmaking, Syeed has worked as an educator in schools, community centers, and prisons across the country. Syeed’s films have been focused on immigration communities within the United States. In the interview below, Syeed speaks with the Vilcek Foundation, a non-profit focused on immigrant awareness, about Adnan’s universal story in
In the interview below, Syeed speaks with the Vilcek Foundation, a non-profit focused on immigrant awareness, about Adnan’s universal story in A Stray.
Syeed will be here at Facets December 17 & 18 for a special Q&A opportunity after select screenings of A Stray. Other screenings will feature a brief introduction from the filmmaker. Don’t miss this chance to speak with Syeed in person about his latest project.
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