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All That Breathes

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United Kingdom, India, United States · 2022
1h 37m
Director Shaunak Sen
Starring Nadeem Shehzad, Mohammad Saud, Salik Rehman
Genre Documentary

As legions of birds fall from New Delhi's polluted skies and the city smolders with social unrest, two brothers race to save one of the casualties: the majestic Black Kite, predatory birds essential to their city's ecosystem. This poetic documentary is a haunting portrait of the meaning of humanity.

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If Sen were to better connect Nadeem and Saud’s faith and civic identities with the kites and other animals’ desperate fight for balance in an urbanized nature, All That Breathes would be an excellent documentary.


The Film Stage by Alistair Ryder

The twin issues of climate change and Delhi’s ensuing air pollution remain largely unspoken factors in Sen’s film, which in its best moments constructs elaborate tracking shots detailing the full scale of devastation caused by extreme weather conditions.


Screen Daily by Allan Hunter

Saud, Nadeem and Salik are engaging and inspirational individuals. Shaunak Sen’s film does justice to their efforts but also allows us to see the bigger picture of a highly connected, complex world that humanity shares but seems intent on destroying.


The Hollywood Reporter by Dan Fienberg

Portrait of a city? Portrait of a pair of heroic brothers? Portrait of humanity on the brink of COVID? In this tiny marvel of a documentary, it’s a little and a lot all at once.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

All That Breathes is determined to illustrate how two peoples’ failure to listen to each other is no different than one species’ failure to acknowledge the rest of its environment — that each aspect of Delhi is sharing the same broken conversation, whether they recognize that or not.

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