The Colonel's Stray Dogs

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Film Info
Country Listing:South Africa
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:African Cultures & Issues
Personal Histories
Politics & Political Intrigue
War & Conflict
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Khalid Shamis
Producer(s):Steven Markovitz
Khalid Shamis
Co-Producer(s):Tamsin Ranger
Editor(s):Khalid Shamis
Audrey Maurion
Cinematography:Stella Scott
Jay J. Odedra


For 40 years, Ashur Shamis lived in exile in a quaint London suburb, organizing against the Libyan government and Muammar Gaddafi. Identified as enemy number one, he fled the country in hopes of raising his family in comfort and stability while actively pursuing change for his homeland. After the 2011 Libyan revolution and fall of Gaddafi, Shamis finally returned home to the beloved country of his fantasy, free from the grip of a dictator. Upon arriving, he realized the land he desperately worked to liberate was not the same one he left behind many years ago—and he experienced a crushing second exile as local politics took a new direction without his lead. Now, nearly a decade later, his son Khalid picks up the camera to direct this personal and political story about his undying patriotism and what it means to fight for a country that no longer needs you. Samah Ali

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