Runtime: 80 min
Turkey / USA
Language: Turkish (with English subtitles)
Directed by Ceyda Torun
Rated 98% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Synopsis: 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. Stories that are memorable; sometimes scary, sometimes spiritual, but always very personal. Cats are as integral to the identity of Istanbul as its monuments, the Bosporus, tea, raki and fish restaurants.
About the Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative: Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative‘s primary goal is to facilitate the opening of a high-volume, reduced cost spay/neuter clinic open to all members of the public regardless of demographics or monetary income. Our current focus is on improving the welfare of community cats in the Kingston and surrounding area through Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return (TNVR). SNKI was approached by, and now runs, the City of Kingston T/N/V/R Program which has been incorporated into our own. SNKI also runs the Kingston Community Lost and Found Pets Facebook page, finds suitable homes for adoptable cats and kittens from our community cat colonies and offers low-cost microchip clinics to the public
Why are other movies even made? The Turkish cat documentary that will save us all.—Metro New York
A cat’s-eye view of the world that showcases both the warm-hearted people of this ancient Turkish city and the seamless integration of its felines into everyday life. -Toronto Star
The movie is replete with ingeniously constructed mini-narratives, including a turf war. The mesmerizing score by Kira Fontana, interspersed with well-chosen Turkish pop, is a real asset. -New York Times