All That Breathes

All That Breathes
Directed by Shaunak Sen

Wednesday, December 7, 6 pm
Thursday, December 8, 6 pm
Friday, December 9, 1 pm
Sunday, December 11, 1 pm

$12 / $8 Speed members

“A subtle, haunting reflection on the meaning of humanity—on the breathtaking kindness and heartbreaking cruelty that define our wounded, intrepid, predatory species.”—A.O. Scott, New York Times

In one of the world’s most populated cities, cows, rats, monkeys, frogs, and hogs jostle cheek-by-jowl with people. Here, two brothers fall in love with a bird – the Black Kite. From their makeshift bird hospital in their tiny basement, the “kite brothers” care for thousands of these mesmeric creatures that drop daily from New Delhi’s smog-choked skies. 

As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate, the relationship between this Muslim family and the neglected kite forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and rising social tensions. 

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.

Winner of the Golden Eye Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema-Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. 2022, India/U.K./U.S., DCP, In Hindi with English subtitles, 97 minutes. Recommended for 12+.