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These Birds Walk

These Birds Walk (2013)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 0

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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

Apr 28, 2014


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The impressionistic results succeed in conveying widespread social problems on a relatable scale.

January 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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These Birds Walk serves as a reminder of the resilience of children and how little it takes to keep hope alive.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Observational doc offers an intimate view of a huge Pakistan charity.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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These Birds Walk might be the single most beautiful documentary of the year so far.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source:
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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.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Nonfics

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.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

Slumdog documentary, Pakistani-style!

January 19, 2014
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Remarkable inspirational social conscious doc.

December 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Some of the snatches of conversation we hear are like found art, poetic in what they capture and convey.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The film not only tugs at the heartstrings but also immerses the audience into its subjects' storylines and culture.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

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.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Warm, deeply affecting and non-preachy with stunningly beautiful, poetic cinematography.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Through [Edhi's] eyes, the viewer sees everything that is good and bad about the human condition.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: It's Just Movies
It's Just Movies

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.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Gosh, I love this film. Its every moment touches my heart.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source:

Tough, riveting documentary about kids lost and found in Pakistan that contains some wrenchingly emotional scenes you will never forget.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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