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Cats of Istanbul - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal
November 21st, 2017
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Cats of Istanbul
"It is said that cats are aware of the existence of God, while the dogs are not. Dogs think that people are God, but the cats don't. Cats know that people act as middlemen to God's will. They are not ungrateful, they just know better..." , so on goes a speech by a cat-lover in the brilliant documentary film Kedi, which is about the cats living in Istanbul city. Being an ancient port, cats from different parts of the world had landed in Istanbul over centuries, making the city their home. Though the effects of urbanization are posing as a challenge for them now, they still get a lot of fans and patrons, and have their own ways to survive in the cityscapes.

Kedi shows a series of scenes from the lives of different cats, brilliantly photographed and accompanied with some varied background music, interspersed with comments from different people in the city. The dialogues are humorous, amusing and at times even philosophical. People talk about the "character of cats" and their behavioral patterns, and some people lovingly imitate the ways cats interact with them. There are a few who have some words on the ways cats changed their lives. The sequences are connected in an amazing way, and this film was a great viewing experience.

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