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Documentary Film: STRAY (2020)
February 15 @ 19:00pm - 20:15pm£4.50 – £7
Bishop’s Castle Film Society Choice.
Part of Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival
★★★★”Exquisite dog’s eye view of Istanbul” The Guardian
Behind the scenes of the film that gives us a street dog’s perspective
(Not to be confused with 2023 film Strays)
Director Elizabeth Lo tells us about the experience of working with the unconventional stars of her debut feature: the stray dogs of Istanbul.
Shot over the course of three years, festival hit Stray follows the lives of street dogs Zeytin, Nazar and Kartal as they navigate contemporary Istanbul. We are also given an insight into the harsh realities of Syrian refugee children, who interact with the dogs, their experiences often overlapping and leading to a compassionate bond.
It goes without saying that there is no shortage of differences between dogs and humans, but we do inhabit the same spaces. Stray is a documentary that deconstructs the invisible barriers between both worlds, allowing us to explore urban Turkey in a uniquely and perspective-altering way.