Kedi is an endearing film/documentary about the free roaming cats of Istanbul.
Allow your heart to silently squeeze as you watch the simplicity and complexity of these cats’ lives: their interaction with humans, their stressful motherhoods, their cunning exploits versus their gentle affection.
The human/cat relationship stories are quietly bewitching, living proof of why humans first domesticated cats. There is a beauty behind this beneficial partnership, shining through the hardships like sugar for the soul. There are cats and kittens saved by people; but similarly, there are humans who say their wounds are healed by the love of a cat.
The city sings to a cat’s maternal mieaw and their healing purr. People’s lives interweave effortlessly with their feline friends. It is a city with a soul, a colour to life and a heart that beats like a mother cat’s as she feeds her kittens. It is a city that breathes with a mute magic.
From the gentleman restaurant cat who does not enter but scratches the window for food; to the fish loving felines; the mouse catcher; the cat with five homes. And not least, the people who feed the cat colonies, claiming it is therapy like no other.
They say that dogs are man’s best friends. If this is true, then the cat is man’s guardian, healing lives by their mere presence, mending hearts with a reticent love that is like no other.
For all cat lovers, this film is a must. A story with no end, each cat is a novel with no words, a work of art in frozen motion.
Cat from cat shelter, Aberdeen