Stray [Wanjiru Njendu, USA, 2020]

Stray by Wanjiru Njendu traverses between the real and the surreal, confronting the socially problematic issue of the disappearance of black girls. Njendu explains, “Stray addresses the ongoing issue of missing black girls who are snatched and disappear with no trace or mass media coverage… faceless men and women who pull our children off the streets.” The film takes off from the point where the popular children’s story The Pied Piper of Hamelin ends. The anxious mother, who has just read out this scary bedtime story, puts a pair of headphones on her young daughter to keep the sounds away – the sounds that may lure the child away into the darkness. But is she able to protect her child? Will her worst nightmare become reality?