Fri 10 February 2023
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
Director: Shaunak Sen (India, United Kingdom, United States, 2022)
Certification: 12 A | 1 h 37 min | Documentary | Language: Hindi with English subtitles
Oscar and Bafta nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film 2023.
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.
Shaunak Sen is a filmmaker and film scholar based in New Delhi, India. Cities of Sleep (2016), his first feature-length documentary, was shown at various major international film festivals and won 6 international awards. Shaunak 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). His film All that Breathes won awards as Best documentary at Sundance, Cannes and London.
“One of the most powerful cinematic approaches to the climate crisis ever made.” – The Lowdown
“ A remarkable, vital work of cinema” – Sight & Sound
This is a special event with a traditional snack and an introductory talk by Josh Rogers, Team Wilder Community Empowerment Officer for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, one of the UK’s leading environmental charities, working to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people.
+ A selection of short films from Depict! We are delighted to present a selection of four shorts from the UK, Poland, and Iran that approach the environmental theme:
GAIA, by Brenda Ximena Roldan Romero, 2020, United Kingdom, 1 minute, 31 secs. Gaia stands for ‘Mother Earth’; a social tribute for those animals lost in the Australian bush fires.
ONLY US AND FISH, by Agata Piasecka, 2020, Poland, 1 minute, 7 secs. An oneiric vision of the world after the big flood.
CHOREAK, 2020 by Yashar Faraji, Iran, 1 minute, 17 secs. An ant gets in the way of road construction.
THE FATHER OF TREES, by Teumour Ghaderi, 2020, Iran. 1 minute, 16 secs. A man collects plastic bottles in nature to water trees.
Depict! is Watershed’s international short film competition, part of Encounters Film Festival which has been challenging filmmakers to create 90-second ultra-short masterpieces.
With support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.
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