Kedi: A Thoughtful Purr-suasion

Ellen Theatre

Upcoming Dates & Times

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Bozeman Film Society screens audience and critics’ feline favorite, Kedi, on Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm in the Ellen Theatre. Not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your back yard, Kedi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who have roamed the metropolis of Istanbul freely for thousands of years, wandering in and out of people's lives, freely. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame—and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could. Everyone who grows up in Istanbul or lives in Istanbul has a story about a cat—stories that are memorable; sometimes scary, sometimes spiritual, but always very personal.

Salt Lake City Tribune film critic Sean P. Means raves, “There is more than meets the eye in Kedi, a soulful documentary that follows the wanderings of stray cats in Istanbul, Turkey -- and ends up saying something profound about the symbiosis between humans and animals.” Street cats are such a big part of the culture that when US president Barack Obama visited Istanbul, part of his tour included a stop at the Hagia Sophia to visit its famous cat, Gli. Critics and internet cats agree — this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul. Not rated, this film received a 97% Rotten Tomatoes score and runs 80 minutes.

Tickets are $8.75/GA; $8.50/Seniors & Students (plus fees), available online at, or in person at the box office. The Ellen Theatre lobby opens at 6 pm for concession and bar; seating begins at 6:30 pm, show begins at 7 pm. Visit for more information — “Keep ‘Em Flickering!”