We've all seen cats roaming the streets. Whether it's in your neighborhood or on vacation on the city streets, cats are sure to roam around. But have you ever wondered about their lives? Well one did, and luckily for us they decided to create a documentary about it.
Kedi is a 2016 Turkish documentary film directed by Ceyda Torun about the many stray cats that live in the great Istanbul. It was first premiered at the !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival on 21 February 2016 before being given a North American theatrical release on 10 February 2017 and recently it debuted on the YouTube Red streaming service on 10 May 2017.
The film is about the thousands of street cats living in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, as they have for centuries. Some are wild and fend for themselves, while others are tamer and are cared for by the generosity of people. Kedi depicts these cats, and includes many interviews of the people who interact with them. It focuses on seven of the cats, who are named Sari, Duman, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Gamsiz, Psikopat, and Deniz.
The film shows how cats are impacting people in ways only an animal who lives between the worlds of the wild and the tamed can. 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. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to ourselves.
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