South Asian Film Festival
All That Breathes
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High above bustling New Delhi, birds of prey known as black kites have for years routinely been falling from the skies due to injuries sustained from pollution or manja, the dangerous cotton threads of paper kites that slice through their wings. For decades, brothers Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad—who believe in the interconnectedness of human and animal life—have taken it upon themselves to save the birds, which the general city population largely sees as nuisances despite their essential role in the city’s ecosystem. In his hypnotic, poignant, and beautifully crafted documentary, New Delhi–based filmmaker Shaunak Sen immerses himself with Saud and Shehzad for a portrayal of their struggle to make change that doubles as a diagnosis of a city rocked by turmoil. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary (World Cinema) at Sundance and the L’OEil d’or for Best Documentary at Cannes.
India/UK/USA, 2022, 94 min, Directed by Shaunak Sen, In Hindi with English subtitles
“(A) tiny marvel…one of the most dreamily provocative documentaries I’ve ever seen.”– Daniel Fienberg, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Shaunak Sen's ‘All That Breathes’ is a film as gorgeous as it is ambitious, as stirring as it is terrifying.”– Bilge Ebiri, SPIRITUALITY & HEALTH
“It’s one of the most powerful cinematic approaches to the climate crisis yet made.”– Alistair Ryder, THE FILM STAGE
“A soaring visual masterpiece...”– Josh Flanders, CHICAGO READER
“As both a touching testament to brotherhood and a multi-faceted look at the challenges facing modern India, ‘All That Breathes’ is by turns poetic and unsettling.”– Shaun Munro, FLICKERING MYTH
“There is so much life in ‘All That Breathes’ that you won't be left clamoring for more personality.”– David Ehrlich, INDIEWIRE