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All That Breathes

Directed by Shaunak Sen

India | Documentary | 94

5 Nov
Sat, Nov 5, 2022 at 8:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Shaunak Sen is expected to attend.


Beautifully attuned to poetic detail in word, sound, and visual presentation, this Sundance prizewinner tells the story of two Muslim brothers who have spent most of their lives tending to injured animals, particularly black kites. Pollution and extreme heat in Delhi has rendered the air quality so poor that birds literally fall from the sky, and siblings Nadeem and Saud Shehzad have outfitted their less-than-spacious garage as a place to treat and care for these injured creatures. This unforgettable film juxtaposes humorous moments like a spontaneous game of cricket with the darker existential threats posed by climate change and Prime Minister Modi’s Islamophobic restrictions.

Director Shaunak Sen

Shaunak Sen is a filmmaker, video artist, and film scholar based in Delhi. His first feature-length documentary film Cities of Sleep (2016) was shown at various major international film festivals. In 2014, along with Amitesh Grover and Frank Oberhausser, Sen co-conceptualized Downtime, a live installation event across Delhi and Berlin that allowed audiences to explore practices across sleep in public territories, private spaces, and digitally networked environments. In 2016, he was awarded the Pro Helvetia residency and curated the group exhibition A Brief History of Horizontality in Bern, Switzerland. His film All That Breathes won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and the Golden Eye award for the best documentary at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Moderator Bonni Cohen

Bonni Cohen has produced and directed an array of award-winning films since co-founding Actual Films over 20 years ago with her film partner, Jon Shenk. Most recently, she produced the Oscar-nominated film Lead Me Home, which premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival and is a Netflix Original. She also recently co-directed Athlete A, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Documentary and received four nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards. In 2010, Bonni co-founded the Catapult Film Fund.

Film Details

Language Hindi

Year 2022

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 94

Country India/UK/USA

Director Shaunak Sen

Executive Producer David Guy Elisco, Sean B. Carroll

Producer Amann Man, Teddy Leifer, Florrie Priest

Editor Charlotte Munch Bengsten

Cinematographer Benjamin Bernhard

Music Roger Goula

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.