Cannes Film Festival

Shaunak Sen – All that breathes #Cannes2022

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By depicting the story of two brothers’ devoting their life to protecting the black knite, Shaunak Sen with the documentary All that Breathes, explores the concept of toxicity in the air and among people.

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6 min. and 28 sec.

PODCAST | Chiara Nicoletti interviews Shaunak Sen, director of the documentary All that breathes.

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By following the life of two brothers who devoted their life to protecting the bird known as the black kite, Shaunak Sen with the documentary All that Breathes, screening at the 75th Festival de Cannes in the Special screenings’ section, manages to explore New Delhi through the skies and more generally, to depict toxicity – in the air and among people.

All that breathes:In one of the world’s most populated cities, cows, rats, monkeys, frogs, and hogs jostle cheek-by-jowl with people. Here, two brothers fall in love with a bird – the black kite. From their makeshift bird hospital in their tiny basement, the “kite brothers” care for thousands of these mesmeric creatures that drop daily from New Delhi’s smog-choked skies. As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate, the relationship between this Muslim family and the neglected kite forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and rising social tensions.

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  • Reporter
    Chiara Nicoletti
  • Guest
    Shaunak Sen
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    All that breathes
  • Festival section
    Special Screenings
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