KEDi – A magical and remarkable documentary of the Street Cats of Istanbul

Hi everyone,

Today we have big news for you if you are in the UK there will soon be a new documentary about CATS in the cinemas. And we are not just talking about any cats but the street cats of Istanbul.

The documentary follows the stories of 7 street cats in Istanbul with amazing personalities.


Full details below and don’t forget if you happen to be in the US it’s out there already and received fantastic ratings across the board.





Following its phenomenally successful US theatrical run, where the film has taken over $2.5million to date, Icon Film Distribution are pleased to confirm the UK cinema release of KEDi on June 30, 2017.

KEDi, which means Feline in Turkish, is female filmmaker Ceyda Torun’s “magical and remarkable” (Variety) documentary feature about the street cats of Istanbul.

For many hundreds of years, thousands of roaming street cats have wandered in and out of local people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make Turkey’s biggest city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds – neither wild nor tame – and bring joy and purpose to the locals they choose to adopt.

Beautifully shot over two months on location in Istanbul, the filmmakers designed and developed innovative ‘cat cameras’ and techniques to uniquely capture the street cat’s everyday lives, many of whose backgrounds and stories are as varied and unpredictable as their human counterparts. KEDi revolves around the lives of 7 leading cats – Sari (aka The Hustler), Bengü (The Lover), Aslan Parçasi (The Hunter), Psikopat (The Psycho), Deniz (The Social Butterfly), Duman (The Gentleman) and Gamsiz (The Player).


“Enchanting, 4 stars”
New York Times

Hollywood Reporter

LA Times

The Economist

“Sophisticated and artful… ‘Kedi’ is the ‘Citizen Kane’ of cat documentaries”

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20 thoughts on “KEDi – A magical and remarkable documentary of the Street Cats of Istanbul

  1. RoseyToesSews says:

    I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with the “meowing” fact. Some of my adult cats meow to each other, to call them to play, or just to check where they are.

  2. mvaden1948 says:

    I just put it in my Netflix queue! It looks lovely. Too bad it’s in a save as not released to them yet.
    And I finally saw A Cat Named Bob and loved it. Particularly all the shots from Bob’s viewpoint.

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