A new compassionate documentary STRAY will be released on March 5th.

It’s been my good fortune to view an advanced copy and it was both a study in how other cultures live and how strays everywhere adapt and forgive.

This film is directed by a new filmmaker named, Elizabeth Lu and is something Variety Magazine review refers to as “a love letter for dogs”.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?

I’m sharing it so that it can gain even wider viewing and be a catalyst to those of us that want to help more dogs.

Here’s the synopsis:

Through the eyes of its stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. As they search for food and shelter, three dogs—Zeytin, Nazar, and Kartal—embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life. Whether they lead us into decrepit ruins or bustling streets, the gaze of strays act as windows into the overlooked corners of society: women in loveless marriages, protesters without arms, refugees without sanctuary. Through their canine eyes, we are shown a human world ruptured by divisions along class, ethnic, and gender lines.

The film is both a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs, and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing and being from a position of extreme marginalization. It is at this intersection that Stray seeks to shed light on Turkey’s societal convulsions through the observations of Zeytin and her companions —both human and nonhuman.

Here’s the link to the trailer, https://youtu.be/uC38BqP2_fI

Here’s the link to the website so you can save to your calendar: https://www.straymovie.com/

Please share it so others can see this beautiful film and be even more connected to the way dogs see the world.

Here’s to helping all strays, both human and animal.

Blessings, Shawna

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