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All That Breathes

Directed by Shaunak Sen
India, UK, USA
93 minutes
All Ages
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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.
A soaring visual masterpiece...
Josh Flanders, Chicago Reader
Humanity comes in its most selfless in All That Breathes, [which adopts] the interconnectedness of nature and mankind as a guiding principle.
Tomris Laffly, Harper’s Bazaar
Quietly provocative and dreamily beautiful.
Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter

Special Guest

Nadeem Shehzad
Nadeem Shehzad started treating black kites with his younger brother Mohammad Saud in the Chawri Bazar area of New Delhi in 2003. Since then, they have attended to more than 20,000 injured birds. Nadeem was recently appointed as an Honorary Wildlife Warden of Delhi, and in 2021 spent three months in the US for training with bird rescue organisations. Today, Nadeem continues to treat black kites and other birds of prey through the organisation he and his brother set up in 2010: Wildlife Rescue.


Fri 10 Jun
State Theatre
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Sat 11 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
All Ages
India, UK, USA
In Hindi with English subtitles
Shaunak Sen
Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann, Teddy Leifer
Shaunak Sen
Benjamin Bernhard, Riju Das, Saumyananda Sahi
Charlotte Munch Bengtsen, Vedant Joshi
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Environmental, Festival Award Winners, Human Rights, Religion & Belief, Animals & Creatures, Cannes Selected, Indian subcontinent
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Rise Films
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