IFP SCREEN FORWARD PRESENTS
Written & Directed by Musa Syeed
Produced by: Jamila Wignot
Starring: Barkhad Abdirahman (Captain Phillips)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: SXSW 2016, BAM CINEMAFEST AND MANY MORE.
OPENING THEATRICALLY IN NEW YORK ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 (IFP MEDIA CENTER)
FOR A FULL ONE WEEK RUN AS A PART OF THE IFP SCREEN FORWARD SCREENING SERIES
VIEWING LINKS TO CONSIDER COVERAGE ARE AVAILABLE BY REQUEST TO:EMMA@EG-PR.COM
FILMMAKER MUSA SYEED AND PRODUCER JAMILA WIGNOT ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW BY REQUEST.
In Minneapolis’ large Somali refugee community, Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman) has nowhere to go. His mom kicked him out, and his friends are tired of his headstrong ways. As a last resort, he moves into the mosque, praying for a little help. Surprisingly, God seems to answer. Adan quickly lands a good job, devout friends, and a newfound faith. When Adan nearly hits a stray dog on the job, he’s forced to take it in for a night. But one of his new mosque friends considers the dog impure, and he throws Adan out. With Adan back on the streets, surrounded by his old crew, ex-girlfriends, prying FBI agents, and his estranged family, the dog may be his only friend as he tries to keep his faith and get through the night.
Filmmaker Musa Syeed’s first narrative feature VALLEY OF SAINTS won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance and was a New York Times Critics Pick. The result of an immersive research process similar to A STRAY, the film was shot during a military curfew in Kashmir, employing a community of boat people as cast and crew. His previous documentaries, also produced with cinematographer Yoni Brook, include BRONX PRINCESS (Berlinale, POV) and A SON’S SACRIFICE (Tribeca Best Short Doc, Independent Lens).
USA (Feature Film) –Not Rated- Running Time: 82 Minutes