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All That Breathes

by Shaunak Sen Documentary Competition

In the Indian megacity of Delhi, pigs, dogs and monkeys jostle cheek-by-jowl with people. Here, brothers Saud and Nadeem run a makeshift bird hospital in their tiny basement, devotedly caring for the birds of prey that drop daily from the smog-shrouded sky. But since the Indian government introduced a controversial law that discriminates against Muslims, trouble has been brewing among the people, too. Filmmaker Shaunak Sen portrays two extraordinary brothers in a city on the verge of collapse, and captures in imposing images all that still breathes there – despite everything. The poetic work was awarded the main prize for best documentary at both the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes.

About the director(s)

Shaunak Sen is an Indian filmmaker and film scholar living in New Delhi. The multi award-winning CITIES OF SLEEP (2016), his first feature-length documentary film, was shown at several international film festivals, including DOK Leipzig, DMZ Docs and Taiwan International Documentary Festival. ALL THAT BREATHES, his second feature-length documentary film, had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It went on to win the Œil d’or for Best Documentary Film at Cannes.

Filmography (selection): All That Breathes (doc, 2022) | Cities of Sleep (doc, 2016)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: DOC: Environment & Nature
  • Country, Year: India, UK, 2022
  • Runtime: 94 Min
  • Languages: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Shaunak Sen
  • Cast: Nadeem Shehzad, Mohammad Saud, Salik Rehman
  • Cinematography: Benjamin Bernhard, Riju Das, Saumyananda Sahi
  • Editor: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen
  • Sound: Niladri Shekhar Roy, Moinak Bose
  • Music: Roger Goula
  • Producers: Shaunak Sen, Aman Mann, Teddy Leifer, David Guy Elisco, Sean B. Carroll, Florrie Priest
  • Production Companies: Kiterabbit Films, Rise Films
  • World Sales: The Film Collaborative
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