All That Breathes

Director: Shaunak Sen
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 1.5

The trio of Salik Rehman, Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, living in impoverished New Delhi, have devoted their lives to rescuing and treating injured black kites, but run into problems with funding their operation ... that is, until they're featured in The New York Times, and suddenly they get a hospital to work in.  In real life, what these men are doing is deeply admirable and the cinematography (by Ben Bernhard, Riju Das and Saumyananda Sahi) is noteworthy - it's almost as if the animals are as plentiful as the humans, with the rats scurrying around trash, pigs crossing a stream and monkeys crawling about - but the issue is it's fundamentally a thirty minute long documentary that gets noticeably padded to feature length ... and one could argue the most dramatic thing that happens is Salik having his glasses stolen by a bird.  There are apparently "religious riots" taking place in the city, but it doesn't do much of anything to tie it into its central narrative ... and it's also not exactly the film you'd show to someone interested in traveling to the country - feel free to compare and contrast this depiction of India with RRR, which was released the same year....