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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 102 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2014
Available in French: No

Ron "Stray Dog" Hall lives in Southern Missouri where he owns and operates the At Ease RV Park. After years of living alone with his dogs, he is adjusting to life with his wife, Alicia, who is newly arrived from Mexico. Anchored by his small dogs and big bikes, Stray Dog seeks to strike a balance between his commitment to his family, neighbors, biker brotherhood, and fellow veterans. As part of the legacy of fighting in the Vietnam War, he wrestles with the everlasting puzzle of conscience, remorse, and forgiveness.
 
With Stray Dog as our guide, we experience the restlessness of ex-warriors as he tries to make peace with what he can't change and weathers the incomprehension of those who have never been to war. Stray Dog navigates the pressures of everyday life including the economic survival of his grandchildren and the increasing poverty of his community. The arrival of Alicia's twin sons from Mexico throws into harsh relief the current state of opportunity that newcomers seek and that America can or cannot offer.
 
Stray Dog continues to tally the cost of war, bearing witness to the soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan: both the dead and the living. The questions of contemporary American life loom larger and thornier, leaving us to wonder what is next for Stray Dog and his blended, multi-ethnic family. 
 
"Stray Dog is more than an intimate portrait of a Vietnam veteran. It's a subtle social commentary on the dynamics of class, race, and citizenship in twenty-first century rural America. It will no doubt become a staple of college courses on recent American history and military culture. This film is essential viewing for anyone who believes that 'supporting the troops' is more than a slogan on a bumper sticker."
John M. Kinder, Associate Professor of American Studies, Oklahoma State University,
Author, Paying With Their Bodies: American War and the Problem of the Disabled Veteran

"Stray Dog challenges its viewers to see how even a wounded life, unfolding in a trailer park, sustained on a VA disability, can display enough love, kindness, integrity, compassion, generosity, and honor that it puts many if not most of us to shame. If this film doesn't haunt you, then you may be either an angel or an alien."
Robert Emmet Meagher, Professor of Humanities, Hampshire College,
Author, Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury and Just War
 
DVD Features
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and scene selection


Awards:
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature, Independent Spirit Award
Nationwide Broadcast on PBS's "Independent Lens"
Best Documentary, Los Angeles Film Festival
Best Documentary, Cleveland International Film Festival
Best Documentary, Atlanta Film Festival
Best Documentary, Twin Cities Film Festival
Best Documentary, Indie Memphis Film Festival
Alliance of Women Film Journalists' EDA Award, Salem Film Fest

Screened at:
New York Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Cork Film Festival
Glasgow Film Festival
Maine International Film Festival
RiverRun International Film Festival
Independent Film Festival Boston
Calgary Underground Film Festival
Montreal International Documentary Festival
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival



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