14A, coarse language.
Dir: Elizabeth Lo, US, 2020, 72 min. Turkish with English Subtitles.
Winner, Best International Documentary, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
“While the stray dogs of Istanbul were once met with violence and hostility, it is now illegal to cause harm to them. As a result, they roam the streets in large numbers… This documentary focuses on one of these street-wise strays, the strong willed Zeytin. Through her eyes, we see both aggression, compassion, and echoes of her own experience in the people around her who make up the population of Istanbul… While the concept of a film following stray dogs may sound like it might be quite a stressful experience, it is in fact much more sweet and comfortable… It is very easy to fall for Zeytin; she’s a smart, resourceful dog, and the film captures her soul, allowing for the film to be all the more touching and enriching. There’s a lot of life on display here, and Zeytin embodies the film’s overall spirit of perseverance and making the most of the hand you have been dealt. Following her through the city helps Lo construct a meaningful journey, one where parallels naturally form and enrich the experience. You may also come away with an overwhelming urge to adopt a pup and name it Zeytin, but that may just be me.” – Andrew Gaudion, The Hollywood News