The Edmonds Diversity Commission continues its free film series in January, with A Stray, the story of a teenage Somali refugee who struggles to make his way in America while still rooted in the traditional ways of his family, society and religion. He befriends a stray dog, and the situations that arise challenge his traditional sensibilities.
The movie will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St.
Future films in the series, aimed at presenting poignant, insightful and topical films on themes related to diversity, inclusion and equity, include:
Feb. 17 — Off and Running, has been selected. This film portrays the life of an African-American teenage girl named Avery, who lives in Brooklyn. Adopted into a multiracial family, the matriarchs of whom are a Jewish lesbian couple, Avery must come to terms with her curiosity about her birth mother and also her place in society.
March 17 — Mi Vida Dentro (My Life Inside), the story of a controversial court case in Texas in which a young Mexican undocumented immigrant, Rosa, taken in by a family to care for their baby, is falsely accused of murder after the child dies suddenly. The film chronicles the harrowing trial, the unjust verdict and Rosa’s time in jail.
April 21 — Out in America, featuring stories of two prominent members of the (American) LGBT community.
For more information, including a full synopsis of each film and to view trailers, visit the commission’s official website.