Hundreds of thousands of stray cats roam the streets of Istanbul and are a distinct part of the citizen’s daily life. For director Ceyda Torun, the felines were such an important part of her childhood that she set out to make the documentary “Kedi.”
The film takes a look at the history of cats roaming freely through the metropolis of Istanbul, as well as shows how these animals live between two worlds – neither wild nor tame – bringing joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. “Kedi” specifically centers on seven kitties: Sari the hustler, Bengü the lover, Psikopat the psycho, Deniz the social butterfly, Aslan Parçasi the hunter, Duman the gentleman and Gamin the player.
“It is said cats are aware of God’s existence,” says the voiceover in the latest trailer. “While dogs think people are God, cats don’t.”
“I grew up in Istanbul and I believe my childhood was infinitely less lonesome than it would have been if it werenʼt for cats – and I wouldnʼt be the person I am today. They were my friends and confidants and I missed their presence in all the other cities I ever lived in,” wrote Torun in a statement shared on the feature website. “This film is, in many ways, a love letter to those cats and the city, both of which are changing in ways that are unpredictable.”
“Kedi” arrives in 2017. Check out the adorable trailer and new poster below.