'All That Breathes': Story of compassion and saving the eco-system is a strong Oscar contender
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Some documentries take you to the realm of poetry, and make it hard for you to come back to prosaic reality. The documentary that we're going to discuss today is an example of a piece of cinema that is, in every aspect, "perfect". 'All That Breathes' is a 2022 documentry that is astonishing, powerful and embeds its story with you forever. The movie is directed by Shaunak Sen - an Indian filmmaker known for his directorial excellence in 'Cities of Sleep', which is another one of Sen's masterpiece. Sen is known for his basic yet powerful perspective on topics that aren't discussed that often.
The documentary feature, co-produced by Sen, Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer of Rise Films, has already won the prestigious Golden Eye at Cannes 2022 and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance 2022 World Cinema Documentary Competition.
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When talking about 'All That Breathes', Aman Mann, the producer of the film, told agency IANS, "I think we are still wondering about it because the film's journey has been beyond our wildest expectations. It all started with a thought process. Shaunak was pursuing a fellowship in the UK in 2018 when he became very interested in human-animal relationships, particularly in spaces such as the city. When he returned to Delhi, one day, he was sitting in traffic, and he was looking at the sky, and he saw birds circling above as if they were about to fall off. Just that image got him to do research about birds in Delhi."
Where can you watch 'All That Breathes'?
This phenomenal documentary is available to watch on HBO Documentry Films.
Who’s acting in 'All That Breathes'?
The movie casting includes Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad.
The story behind 'All That Breathes'
The story of the movie 'All That Breathes' is simple yet exceptional. The story revolves around two brothers, Nadeem and Saud, living in the capital of India, New Delhi. The brothers follow an idealistic life of protecting birds, especially kites, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. The 'Bird-saving' brothers spend all of their days saving the creatures and caring for them in a makeshift express basement hospital. The vision behind the documentary was to show a bond between the kites and the brothers, who help them return to the skies, offering a phenomenal narrative of inter-species coexistence.
What is the buzz around Shaunak Sen's 'All That Breathes'?
The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards were announced a few days back, and Indian titles received three green flags. Filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s documentary film 'All That Breathes' has received a nomination under the Best Documentary Feature Film category. If you still aren't convinced to watch this documentary, here's a little preview: