In one of the world’s most populated cities, two brothers — Nadeem and Saud — devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the ‘kite brothers’ spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian basement hospital. Director Shaunak Sen (Cities of Sleep) explores the connection between the kites and the Muslim brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.
ALL THAT BREATHES is the first feature to win the award for Best Documentary at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.
In cities, places historically built for humans to escape or “conquer” nature, what does it look like to include soils, waters, plants, and animals in our assumption of “community”? As city dwellers, what caretaking rituals might we create as pathways to rebalancing our relationship with the natural world?