Section of a poster for "All That Breathes" film screening

"All That Breathes" Film Screening and Q&A with Director Shaunak Sen

April 2, 2024 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Annenberg School for Communication, Room 109

Academy Award-nominated film "All That Breathes" and Q&A with Director Shaunak Sen

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This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC), and the Department of Cinema & Media Studies (CIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Film

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 basement hospital. Director Shaunak Sen (Cities of Sleep) explores the connection between the kites and the brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.

About the Director

Shaunak Sen is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and writer based in Delhi. His film All That Breathes received nominations at the 2023 Academy and BAFTA awards. The film won awards at Cannes, Sundance, BFI London, IDA and Cinema Eye, and twenty-four other film festivals. Cities of Sleep (2016), his first feature-length documentary, was shown at various major international film festivals and won six international awards. Shaunak has received grants from Sundance, Tribeca, and IDFA-Amsterdam, amongst others. He has received the Pro Helvetia residency in Switzerland, the Sarai-CSDS grant, and the Charles Wallace grant as a visiting scholar (at Cambridge University). Shaunak holds a Ph.D., has been published in journals including BioScope and Widescreen, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute, Berlin. Shaunak has been on juries for festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, and the IDSFFK, Kerala.

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