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Kedi

Ceyda Torun

Director Ceyda Torun grew up in Istanbul in the early 1980s when the city was the epicentre of a country on the brink of globalization. At the time, the population of the city was merely 4 million; today it is almost 20 million, with the city limits still constantly expanding. Alongside the growing human populus, there has been another creature making its way: the street cat. With backgrounds as varied as their human counterparts, street cats experience the city in ways totally unknown to people. For them, the city might as well be called Catstanbul.

 "...will charm its way into your heart..." 

Torun was drawn to make Kedi by the unique way street cats are treated in Istanbul, which is not too dissimilar to cows in India. For the largely Muslim population, cats have a somewhat holy reputation, being referenced multiple times in stories about the prophet Mohammed. In Istanbul stray cats are neither ignored nor removed from the streets; instead there is a communal approach whereby residents care for the animals while allowing them to retain their independence. Claiming no owners, these cats live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame – and they bring joy and purpose to the people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Following seven individual street cats on their daily adventures, this documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats of Istanbul.