Screen/Society--Documenting the Middle East [Turkey]--"Kedi"
(Ceyda Torum, 2017, 79 min, Turkey, in Turkish w/ English subtitles, Blu-Ray)
-- Discussion to follow!
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. Critics and internet cats agree — this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul.
-- 98% “Fresh” on RottenTomatoes.com!
-- “This captivating documentary casts a serenely powerful spell as it explores the extraordinary bond shared between the Turkish city's omnipresent four-pawed nomads and the humans who look after them.” –- Herald Sun (Australia)
-- “Defined by low to the ground camerawork that captures feline grace and a ruminative philosophical outlook.” –- The Sunday Age
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC), AMES Presents, Duke FOCUS Program, and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).