WATERVILLE — Maine Film Center continues it’s virtual “Cinema in Conversation” with Q&A with the director of “Stray.” Elizabeth Lo will discuss her recent release about stray dogs in Turkey at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. The series is a platform in which filmmakers, film experts, policymakers, and journalists from around the world converge to discuss important films with the community.

“Stray” explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three stray dogs as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The dogs’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets.

Elizabeth Lo is an award-winning nonfiction filmmaker who is interested in finding new, aesthetic ways of exploring the boundaries between species, class, and unequal states of personhood.

The $12 streaming purchase helps support the Maine Film Center, and the Q&A itself is free and open to the public

The film and registration link are available at MaineFilmCenter.org/shows/Stray.

The Maine Film Center brings world-class independent film to central Maine through Railroad Square Cinema, the only Sundance Art House Project cinema in Maine and the annual Maine International Film Festival, a 10-day celebration that attracts filmmakers and film aficionados from around the world, and by delivering impactful, accessible film exhibitions and education programs. The center firmly believes that art and culture have the power to enrich lives, strengthen community bonds, and serve as an economic engine.

For more information about the organization, visit MaineFilmCenter.org.

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