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Kedi

  • 2017
  • 80min
  • 98%
  • 7.7 / 10

The documentary is filmed in Istanbul, the most populated city in Turkey. It follows the daily lives of the stray cats that wander the streets of Istanbul. But Kedi also explores the relationships these cats (Sari, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Psikopat, Deniz, Gamsiz and Duman) form with the people they meet with every day. It tries to explain the different mindsets each of these felines have. Some are perfectly fine taking care of themselves. But others find comfort in the bonds they share with the people whose lives are brightened by giving them food or petting them.

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Kedi is the Turkish word for cat. The crew for the movie filmed in a way that presented footage from the cats' perspectives as they searched for food and interacted with other cats and people. They fit a camera onto a remote-controlled toy car and followed the cats around. The director and their team found 35 cats in different neighborhoods of Istanbul and went on to film 19 of them. That was then whittled down to the seven cats that were shown in the film. Cats have been a part of Istanbul's streets for thousands of years, the city being a shipping hub where cats wandered off of ships that docked in its ports.

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Kedi is a Turkish documentary, directed by Ceyda Torun and co-produced by Torun and Charlie Wuppermann. It was officially released in the United States on February 10, 2017, after debuting at the Istanbul Independent Film Festival on February 21, 2016. According to the-numbers.com, the film earned roughly $4.8 million worldwide during its theatrical run. It garnered rave reviews as one of the best documentaries of 2017 from sites such as Time, Indiewire, and Thrillist. Kedi was certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, where 98% of movie critics gave it a positive review. It was distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories and produced by Termite Films.

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