Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the crowded streets of Istanbul, free, without a human master, as they have for thousands of years.
“A splendidly graceful and quietly magical documentary.” – Joe Leydon, Variety
They wander in and out of people’s lives, affecting them in ways only an animal that lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. Some fend for themselves, scavenging from dumpsters, living in abandoned buildings; others are cared for by communities of people, pampered with the best cat food and given shelter for the cold months. Cats and their kittens bring joy and purpose to those they choose, giving people an opportunity to reflect on life and their place in it. Cats are such an important part of the city’s personality that everyone who grows up in Istanbul or lives there has a story about a cat—stories that are memorable, sometimes scary, sometimes spiritual, but always very personal. Istanbul-born director Ceyda Torun, in her debut, has created a heartfelt love letter to both cats and the beautiful city of Istanbul, filled with remarkable footage of adorable and amusing feline characters, propelled by gorgeous cinematography and music. A soulful, sophisticated and seriously charming look into the lives of cats and the humans who care for them, Kedi is catnip for cat lovers and travel fans alike! (Dir. by Ceyda Torun, 2016, Turkey/USA, in Turkish with English subtitles, 80 mins., Not Rated)