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All That Breathes

Directed by:

Shaunak Sen


93 minutes

Amidst the darkening backdrop of Delhi's apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protect one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the Black Kite.


Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 4:15 PM


In-Theatre ONLY. Not available on-demand.

All That Breathes Official Trailer

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All That Breathes, directed by Shaunak Sen, follows two brothers who run a bird hospital dedicated to rescuing injured black kites, a staple in the skies of New Delhi, India.  In one of the world’s most populated cities, where cows, rats, monkeys, frogs, and hogs jostle cheek-by-jowl with people, the “Kite Brothers” care for thousands of these mesmerizing creatures that drop daily from New Delhi’s smog-choked skies.


As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate, the relationship between this family and the neglected kites forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and deepening social fault lines. 


In a 2022 interview with Factual America Podcast, Shaunak Sen spoke of the intent behind the film's visual style: "The idea was to shoot it not like a regular nature doc or wildlife doc, but make it cinematic... We took our time. We wanted to shoot it like a proper high art film and not like a wildlife doc, so we committed ourselves to the visual grammar of it."


All That Breathes, produced by HBO Films, has been nominated for a 2023 Academy Award. It has won numerous film festival prizes for Best Documentary and Best Direction, including the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema – Documentary.


A commenter on IMDb stated: “Couple of comments: this is not a straight-forward documentary. It features dream-like sequences as it reflects on how mankind and animals must evolve in an ever-changing environment. We also get a fascinating glimpse into the day-to-day life of an average family in New Delhi (very cramped housing, chaotic overall atmosphere). Last but not least, we see hoe this family, part of the 200+ million Muslims in India, deals with the blatant anti-Muslim law that was passed in late 2019. Absolutely fascinating stuff, filmed brilliantly, and with a great original score to boot.”

All That Breathes



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Shaunak Sen

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Shaunak Sen is a filmmaker, video artist, and film scholar based in Delhi. Cities of Sleep (2016), his first feature-length documentary, was shown at various major international film festivals (European premiere at DOK Leipzig) and won 6 international documentary awards. He is known for producing The Underbug (2023) and Cities of Sleep (2015), as well as for directing All That Breathes (2022).


Shaunak received the Films Division of India Fellowship (2013), the Sarai CSDS Digital Media fellowship (2014), Pro Helvetia residency, Switzerland (2016), the Charles Wallace Grant, as a visiting scholar at Cambridge University (2018), the IDFA Bertha Fund (2019), the Sundance Documentary Grant (2019), the Catapult Film Fund (2020), and the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund (2020). He is currently working on another documentary project, Airborne.



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Teddy Leifer, Producer

Aman Mann, Producer

Guy Horlock, Associate Producer

Joshua Oppenheimer, Consulting Producer

Florrie Priest, Co-Producer

Shaunak Sen, Producer

Sam Stanley, Associate Producer

Executive Producer

David Guy Elisco (as David Elisco)


Roger Goula


Ben Bernhard, Cinematographer, Director Of Photography

Riju Das, Cinematographer

Saumyananda Sahi, Cinematographer


Charlotte Munch Bengtsen, Editor

Vedant Joshi, Co-Editor

Second Unit & Assistant Directors

Rohan Ranganathan, Associate Director

Siraj Sharma, Chief Assistant Director

Re-recording Mixer

Jacques Pedersen

Camera and Electrical Department

Sundarram Arjun, Assistant Camera

Raju Biswas, Assistant Camera

Salim Khan, Assistant Camera

Editorial Department

Sidharth Meer, Supervising Colorist

Prithvi Buddhavarapu, Assistant Colorist

Mahak Gupta, Colorist

Aaryaman Kutty, Assistant Colorist

Music Department

Tom Bailey, Score Mixer

Mat Bartram, Score Engineer

Ed Marquis, Score Coordinator

Additional Crew

Dermot Desmond, Production Counsel

Paul Hillier, E&O Insurance

Krishna Khakhria, Production Assistant

Aileen O'Hearn, Science Editor

Russell Smith, Production Counsel

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