“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.”
– unnamed Instanbul resident in the film, kedi
“kedi” (2016) is a documentary by Ceyda Torun. The blurb at imdb describes it as, “A profile 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.”
The reasons I chose to write my poem about “kedi” are several. Firstly the cats are revered in Instanbul! The love, care, and stewardship consistently shown by the humans in Instanbul with the cats is precious. Secondly, it shows Istanbul, Turkey, up close and personal, unlike I’ve ever seen it in film before. Thirdly, Kedi is directed by a woman, and women’s films so often get minimized or overlooked. Fourthly, the quality and heart that is manifested within Kedi was uplifting. Lastly, the cats in Kedi are delightful and entertaining!
Today’s offering is a cinquain
furred wells of alchemy
warm hearts and minds in Istanbul
This is a trailer and a way to watch the documentary online. (I was able to borrow it from my local library at no cost!)