All That Breathes nominated for Finest Documentary

A documentary movie about fowl rehabilitators in India’s capital metropolis is among the many 5 nominees for the perfect documentary characteristic movie of 2022. All That Breathes was launched in theaters in October and is slated to be out there on HBO Max someday this yr (a date hasn’t been introduced).
If it wins, it can grow to be simply the second bird-themed documentary honored by the Academy Awards after March of the Penguins, launched in 2005. (Over the a long time, a couple of bird-themed animated movies have received Oscars for greatest animated characteristic or greatest animated brief, together with Completely satisfied Ft in 2006 and Piper in 2016.)

I’m not shocked by at present’s information. In spite of everything, All That Breathes was the primary movie ever to win the documentary prize at each the Cannes and Sundance movie festivals, and I’ve seen nothing however rave critiques from movie critics.
The reward is totally earned, and if the film wins, I’ll be thrilled for everybody who made it. It’s a beautiful movie with superb cinematography, and we because the viewers can’t assist however root for its protagonists, brothers Nadeem Shehzad and Mohammad Saud, who run a wildlife clinic on a shoestring funds in crowded New Delhi. Fowl rehabilitators all over the world do heroic work that tends to get neglected, and the truth that fowl rehabbers are on the heart of an Oscar-nominated movie is unimaginable.
With all that stated, as I identified in my evaluate of All That Breathes a couple of months in the past, the movie gives a deceptive narrative about why so many birds, particularly Black Kites, “fall from the skies” and require care from Nadeem, Mohammad, and their assistant Salik. The implication provided on display screen is that air air pollution makes the birds sick, and that rationalization has been repeated in nearly each evaluate I’ve learn in regards to the film. However in response to a 2020 New York Occasions story in regards to the brothers, the birds grow to be injured as a result of folks within the metropolis fly kites made with manja – “cotton thread coated with colourful layers of crushed glass.” The glass slashes the birds’ wings, leaving them unable to fly.

I don’t know why director Shaunak Sen left this element out of the movie’s narrative. To me, it’s a giant omission as a result of air air pollution is a big downside in one of the polluted cities on the planet. But it surely appears to me that folks might make their kites with one thing aside from crushed glass, one thing that may not threaten the town’s birdlife almost as a lot. All That Breathes doesn’t even trace at this attainable answer, nonetheless, which looks like a missed alternative.
For those who get an opportunity to see the movie, I positively advocate it. Personally, I’m a bit disenchanted, however it’s nice {that a} extremely embellished movie shines a lightweight on fowl rehabbers.

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