This mesmerising documentary, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2022, focuses on two brothers who devote their lives to rescuing New Delhi’s black kites.
Nadeem and Saud live in a largely Muslim neighbourhood, scraping a living making soap dispensers, but their true passion is caring for birds. For almost 20 years, the brothers have been collecting the injured creatures and painstakingly nursing them back to health. The densely populated city, full of creatures and rife with tensions, is the clattering background to their quiet dedication – one fuelled by the Muslim belief that feeding kites will bring them a religious reward or sawab
. Shaunak Sen’s enthralling film, beautifully shot by Ben Bernhard and his team, reveals the many sacrifices the brothers have made as it reflects on the big environmental issues in play. Winner L’Œil d’Or for best documentary at Cannes 2022.
Shortlisted for the Sustainable Future Award
Find out more about Wildlife Rescue
, founded by brothers Nadeem Shehzad (Sydney Film Festival guest) and Muhammad Saud, as featured in the film.