These Birds Walk (2013)
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In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy's life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, THESE BIRDS WALK documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience. (c) Oscilloscope
Nov 1, 2013 Limited
Apr 28, 2014
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The impressionistic results succeed in conveying widespread social problems on a relatable scale.
The poignancy of this film, made over a period of several months, is that the boys are both afraid of going home and passionately desirous of returning to their families.
These Birds Walk serves as a reminder of the resilience of children and how little it takes to keep hope alive.
When [the filmmakers] enter Taliban territory to bring Omar home... the boy visits a shrine against Asad's wishes, resulting in one of the most exciting and daringly filmed chase scenes in the recent cinema.
These Birds Walk might be the single most beautiful documentary of the year so far.
The central story could have been a nice drama. The bigger picture and context could have been a nice documentary. But it doesn't work in between.
The Ehdi Foundation - the non-profit at the centre of the film - looks after children with unwavering love and dedication, and this compassion translates into the film itself.
Slumdog documentary, Pakistani-style!
Some of the snatches of conversation we hear are like found art, poetic in what they capture and convey.
The film not only tugs at the heartstrings but also immerses the audience into its subjects' storylines and culture.
This is a life of desperation for these children and families. This is third world grinding poverty up close and personal. It is a sobering experience.
Such callousness is refuted by Asad's battle-scarred empathy, old man Edhi's endurance, and the poetry of the film itself, which finds beauty not in poverty but in glimpses and gestures that transcend it.
Warm, deeply affecting and non-preachy with stunningly beautiful, poetic cinematography.
Through [Edhi's] eyes, the viewer sees everything that is good and bad about the human condition.
A chilling and compassionate documentary about the plight of runaway children in Karachi, Pakistan, and an elderly humanitarian who has created centers to look after them.
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