It’s not exactly an earth-shaking epiphany that the internet loves cats — so it makes sense that after its successful box office run, the Turkish cat documentary Kedi will soon be available to stream on YouTube Red. But while most of the cat videos on YouTube are goofy 90-second clips of surprised kittens or cats falling off of tables, Kedi is something far more insightful — and heartwarming.
Director Ceyda Torun’s documentary profiles a few of Istanbul’s many, many street cats, and the result is a gorgeously shot, thoughtful meditation on humanity’s relationship with animals. Not only is Kedi a cat’s-eye view into this feline paradise, it’s also a slice-of-life love letter to Istanbul, spotlighting the many people who love these cats. Since it first hit theaters in February, Kedi has become a certified crowd-pleaser, earning a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and racking up more than $2.5 million at the box office. It now stands as one of the highest-grossing foreign language documentaries of all time.
Kedi follows seven cats in all, each with a name and title — like Bengü the lover, Deniz the social butterfly, and Duman the gentleman. This exclusive clip introduces Sari, a.k.a. The Hustler, a stubborn orange and white cat with a lot to say.
Kedi will be available to stream on YouTube Red on May 10.