Run time: 94 mins
Two brothers in Delhi set up an ad hoc wildlife hospital where they treat injured birds, predominantly the native black kite, in this handsomely photographed and pensive documentary.
Shaunak Sen has crafted a thoughtful and quietly beautiful film about the ecosystem and human community. Two brothers in Delhi, Mohammad and Nadeem rescue injured and sick birds and nurse them back to health. They have spent the past two decades on a mission to help the black kite, which is slowly becoming poisoned with pollution.
The film affords the same curious engagement to the monkeys that throng on rooftops, the bugs squirming in puddles, and even the rats that spill through the streets at night. And it’s not just the air that’s polluted. A tide of religious hatred is rising, with Muslim neighbourhoods such as the one in which the brothers live targeted by rioters. But despite the poisons in the air, the brothers continue their work, mending broken creatures, one by one.
Mohammad and Nadeem experience something mystical and mysterious in their devotion to the birds, a kind of ritual dedication to their community and to the ideal of interconnectedness.