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India I US I UK  I 94  mins I Documentary I 2022 Hindi w/ English subtitles

Winner of Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival Awards for 'Best Documentary' (2022)

In one of the world’s most populated cities, two brothers — Nadeem and Saud — devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates.


Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the ‘kite brothers’ spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian hospital. Director Shaunak Sen (CITIES OF SLEEP) explores the connection between the kites and the Muslim brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.

About the Artist


Shaunak Sen is a filmmaker and film scholar based in New Delhi, India. CITIES OF SLEEP (2016), his first
feature-length documentary, was shown at various major international film festivals (including DOK Leipzig, DMZ Docs and the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, among others) and won 6 international awards.


Shaunak received support from the IDFA Bertha Fund (2019), the Sundance Documentary Grant (2019), the Catapult Film Fund (2020), the Charles Wallace Grant,
the Sarai CSDS Digital Media fellowship (2014), and the Films Division of India fellowship (2013).

He was also a visiting scholar at Cambridge University (2018) and has published academic articles in Bioscope, Widescreen and other journals.




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Director:                  Shaunak Sen     


Producer(s):             Shaunak Sen

                                 Aman Mann

                                 Teddy Leifer

                                 Florrie Priest

Cinematography:   Benjamin Bernhard 

                                Saumyananda Sahi

                                Riju Das

Film Editor:           Charlotte Munch Bengtsen

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