Cat Lovers Rejoice! Street Cat Documentary “Kedi” Is Back at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Fri 1/26 @ 7PM

Cat lovers! Did you somehow manage to miss the movie Kedi when it opened here last March? You’re in luck! It will be screening at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Morley Lecture Hall.

This documentary follows the lives of a handful of the thousands of street cats living in Istanbul, Turkey, as they go about their daily lives, following them as their distinctive personalities unfold throughout the film.

Istanbul-born filmmaker Ceyda Torun, who now lives in the U.S., grew up hanging with the street cats, which makes it the perfect subject for her first full-length film. She describes it as “a documentary of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.”

“Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely,” she explains. “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. 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.”

Warning: you will fall in love with these independent yet affectionate cats and their devoted caretakers!

Admission is $10, $7 for CMA members.

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