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  • Director: Ceyda Torun
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Language: Turkish
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 80 min.

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame –and they bring joy and purpose to those 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.

"I am a cat owner, I admit, but even I was surprised at the power of Kedi. Where did all that emotion come from? It's because what Torun really captures in her unexpectedly powerful film is kindness in its purest form. "
- Sheila O'Malley,
"The Istanbul interviewees believe it is their responsibility to look after the cats but not confine them as indoor pets. This responsibility is a matter of almost spiritual deference. "
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Kedi is a playful and poignant look at the complex nature of the creatures and their inherent appeal to humankind. "
- Eric Koh, Indiewire
"[A] splendidly graceful and quietly magical documentary."
- Joe Leydon, Variety
"Through a good balance of meditative imagery and narrative stylings, Kedi is a joyous little slice of cinema that instills a life-affirming sensation in the viewer. "
- Mike Mazzanti, The Film Stage
"Delightful and visually splendid. "
- Stephanie Zacharek, Time
"In its own pleasantly dreamy and lilting way, the film embodies what it preaches: As life gets rougher, people endure not by hardening themselves even further, but by continuing to find the freedom to be kind. In Istanbul, the chaos never really stops. Kedi slyly reminds us that the humanity, too, has always been there. "
- Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice