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Our Featured Film Screening this year:


Directed by Ceyda Torun

Produced by Ceyda Torun and Charlie Wuppermann

2018 Film Series

Award-winning documentary on the stray cats of Istanbul.

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. 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.

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. 

• Time magazine listed as one of its top ten films of 2017

• Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 98%

• Nominated for Five Critics' Choice Awards-- Won two


About the Director:

Born in Istanbul, Ceyda Torun spent her formidable early years among the street cats while her mother worried she’d get rabies and her sister worried she’d bring home fleas. After her family left the country when she was eleven, Ceyda lived in Amman, Jordan, and ended up in New York for her high school years, never encountering a street cat.


Ceyda studied Anthropology at Boston University, returned to Istanbul to assist director Reha Erdem and then off to London to work alongside producer Chris Auty. She returned to the US and co-founded Termite Films with cinematographer Charlie Wuppermann and has since directed her first feature documentary. She still misses her feline companions, gets excited whenever she sees a cat on the streets of Los Angeles, but they rarely feel the same way about her. 

2018 Bay Arts Alliance Film Series

Saturday, September 22

6pm At the Marina Civic Center

FREE with Creative Con weekend pass

Please bring a can or small bag of catfood to donate to our local shelters!

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