This is my entry for “K” in the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Throughout April I will be watching and reviewing a documentary movie from A to Z. Some other “K” documentaries I’ve reviewed are Keith Richards: Under the Influence, Knuckleball!, Koch and Kon-Tiki.
Release Date: February 21, 2016
Director: Ceyda Torun
Production Company: Termite Films
Istanbul, Turkey is home to thousands of street cats, perhaps the descendants of ship cats that came into the busy port. Istanbulites, especially in the historic Cihangir neighborhood, collectively care for the cats who wander into their homes and businesses, but maintain their independence. The cinematography is beautiful and many shots are from a low “cat’s-eye view” angle. Set against the historic architecture and cityscape of Istanbul, this movie is a feast for the eyes.
The movie focuses in depth on seven cats with the humans who care for them providing the narration. I got the feeling that these people were projecting a lot about their own philosophy of life into their comments on feline behavior.
One of the interviewees theorizes:
Dogs think people are God, but cats don’t. Cats are aware of God’s existence. Cats know that people act as middlemen to God’s will. They’re not ungrateful, they just know better.
Another man notes wryly how everyone in the neighborhood has a tab open at the local veterinarians, and that their tip jars are used to care for vet bills.
This movie is a must-see for cat lovers, but even if you’re not it’s still a great document of human and animals living together in a beautiful city.