Special IndOx Screening of BAFTA and Oscar nominated documentary film, All That Breathes
Winner of the 2022 Sundance Grand Jury Prize - Documentary, Golden Eye at Cannes 2022, and Firebird at Hong Kong Film Festival 2022
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.
The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the Director Shaunak Sen (who will be joining via video-link) and key characters from the documentary Nadeem Shehzad and Salik Rehman (who will attend in person).
Shaunak Sen - Director
Shaunak Sen is an Indian filmmaker, video artist and film scholar based in New Delhi. Cities of Sleep (2016), his first feature-length documentary, was shown at various major international film festivals and won 6 international awards. Shaunak has received the IDFA Bertha Fund (2019), the Sundance Documentary Grant (2019), the Catapult Film Fund (2020), the Charles Wallace Grant, the Sarai CSDS Digital Media Fellowship (2014), and the Films Division of India Fellowship (2013). He has a Ph.D. from the School of Arts and Aesthetics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University (2018). He has published academic articles in Bioscope, Widescreen and other journals.
Aman Mann - Producer
Aman Mann is a filmmaker and media researcher based in New Delhi, India. Aman was the associate director of Cities of Sleep (2016), which was screened in various international festivals and won 6 international documentary awards. Aman has produced various ad films, short documentaries and video installations. He is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Nadeem Shehzad and his younger brother Mohammad Saud started treating black kites in 2003. Since then, they have together treated 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 U.S. for training with bird rescue organizations. Today, Nadeem and Saud continue to work tirelessly to treat black kites and other birds of prey through the organization they set up in 2010: Wildlife Rescue.
Salik Rehman joined Wildlife Rescue in January 2017. He has been an active volunteer at Wildlife Rescue since 2010 and has become an integral part of the organization in its many rescue and rehabilitation activities.