The Cats of an Ancient City

Kedi - The Cats of an Ancient City
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omg wow

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i know right?

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cried my eyes out

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this was beautiful, I loved it and I think it was very well filmed great job guys

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Istanbul is full of warm, loving, thoughtful people. ...God's middlemen, as the cats have realized.

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I'm a cat person... I'm also a documentary person... This was really fascinating.

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I absolutely loved this documentary about the cats of Istanbul and the people of the city who love and care for them. It was very heartwarming to see how much the people of Istanbul love and deeply appreciate the cats of their city. Although this movie appears to be about cats, it is also ...Read more

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How insightful were the stories of these cats' caretakers! I enjoyed every lovely minute of this sweet documentary.

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What a beautiful documentary.

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Wonderful film about cats and the people who care for them, This is a must for all people. If you love cats, it is for you. If you do not love cats, watch it anyway and perhaps you will come to your senses!

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Just awesome documentary about Istanbul and its cats. Relationship between cats and humans in streets of Istanbul.
I love Istanbul and Cats. So if you like any of them you will love this.

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Great for cat lovers, those interested in the human animal Bond and to see work and street life in Istanbul

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Have to watch this next. As usual with any comment forum, some people compelled to give a (long-winded) lecture -- health of the cats, neutering issue, et c. Would a doc on Hitler generate as many prickly comments? LIghten up, folks, it's just CATS. Visited Ankara once, took photos of many ...Read more

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I could have watched this on YouTube and not wasted a movie credit. Oh, well.
Having said that, I think some of the comments below are rather myopic and a bit arrogant, as they refuse to take into account cultural differences. Of course in the ideal world all cats should be neutered and ...Read more

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Cat lovers will enjoy this awesome movie.

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Stepanie, don't take my word for it, but talk to any animal shelter about what happens to animals on the street. You are blissfully unaware, I see.

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Just watched this very warm-hearted film on my laptop with my cat, Lisa, on my chest. She purred contentedly throughout most the film so I take that as a sign. Two paws up!

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I loved this film. A friend of my mother's gave it to her and we viewed it together and enjoyed it and were touched by it. We were both "cat people." It was the final film we watched as she died three weeks later. Therefore it's very special to me.

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I saw Hank Green talk about this and have been wanting to watch it. Fascinating.

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I couldn't watch this because I hate seeing animals not being taken care of properly, but allowed to propagate. There is nothing great about letting thousands of cats roam freely in garbage, disease, abuse and accidents. Same thing in Italy.

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I'm not saying you have to watch it, but you might be surprised by how well the people featured in this film take care of their neighborhood cats. People in Istanbul make healthy food for cats, bottle-feed abandoned kittens, and take injured cats to the vet. These are the healthiest-looking ...Read more

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Tzuria-I could only stand to watch about 10 min. It seems we have different standards for what is well taken care of. If they weren't on the street, there wouldn't be any "abandoned" kittens because the mother wouldn't have been killed by a car or what have you, ditto for the injured cats. ...Read more

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There was no mention of spaying/neutering so I can't speak to that (though I 100% agree that they should be), but cats that are feral don't super want to be domesticated and I don't see the issue with letting them roam especially with how they are clearly received in Istanbul.

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What a beautiful way to show the soul of cats, people and the city. I loved it.

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Excellent. Truly excellent.

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This is not just a "documentary about cats". This film is as much about humans as it is about cats, in fact much more so. One of the stand out characters for me was the gruff looking brute of a fisherman, who anyone seeing him first would probably think I would not want to be in a dark alley ...Read more

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Loved this documentary! Very touching to the heart and my own personal experiences!

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I wanted to watch this because I visited Istanbul years ago and encountered a lot of cats so I was intrigued by the subject. It is a heart-warming film that highlights the symbiotic relationship between the cats and people who live there, and provides a look at every day life in to the city ...Read more

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Sorry, I think it's boring. It's 2/3 travelogue about Istanbul which is a fascinating city, and 1/3 pics of cats being cats. Turkish cats are no different from American cats. I thot there might be some narration describing the problems and solutions. Regret having wasted one credit on ...Read more

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Hey Jean Did Anyone Ask For Your Snarky Opinion?????

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Jeez Sam, take a chill pill. I enjoy reading the comments. This film has 43 comments, most I've ever seen...!! I've scanned through about 1/2 and Jean's comment was helpful. Did you jump on Jean for sharing her opinion and if differs from yours? Sam, what did you think of the film...?

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Duh, the box that says "Share Your Comments"? Actually, the question is who asked for YOUR snarky opinion of my thoughts. Now I have to report you. :o(

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Loved the movie but I hope they neuter and spade eventually.

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Deserved every award it received and more! Not only an amazing documentary about cats, but a thoughtful look at Istanbul, its future and that of its feline and human citizens. Absolutely splendid photography and editing!

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Is there closed captions in English? It doesn't show any on my IMAC: am I missing something?

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When you hover over the play button a bar appears, on the far right there is a tiny white box with the letter CC. Hover or click on that and options will come up for closed captioning in English.

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Thank you, Jessica! I saw this on another try so i was able to view and greatly enjoy ( as a passionate cat lover) this lovely documentary. Juanita

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A very sweet and decently enjoyable watch. If you're a cat person like me, it's worth the 80 or so minutes of your time that it is.

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Loved this. Relaxing to watch. Check it out if you saw the trailer and liked it! (I want to visit Istanbul now!)

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Most adorable kitties ever. Loved this doc so much!

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This was very pleasant to watch. It really captures the unique personalities of these 7 cool cats and the culturally rich streets of Instanbul.

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I really enjoyed this beautiful and heartwarming film about cats in Istanbul and their relationships with the humans who love them. Thank you kanopy for sharing this film!

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If you are animal lover this is a delight !!

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My comment is a bit of a spoiler, so if you haven't seen the movie yet - you may want to skip this. I think this film was not just a documentary, but also a historical and cultural record. Part of the message of the film (aside from all the splendid felines and feline ambassadors!) was ...Read more

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I loved the relationships between cat and people seen here. With their antics and beauty, the cats were mesmerizing. Plus the drone shots of Istanbul were gorgeous.

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Loved this!

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Our cat Marco, would love this if he had time to watch. He just so busy being a cat.

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Showed this at a meeting and everyone loved it!

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Absolutely enchanting doc about some of the most magical creatures roaming the earth. The cinematography is excellent and fully reflects the heart of the film. There's definitely has a sense of spirituality that is refreshing and cathartic!

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