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23 Ratings

These Birds Walk

Directed by Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq
Pakistan, United States, 2012
Documentary, Drama


This story of a Pakistani home for orphans is an extraordinarily complex achievement, full of angry, scared young boys who threaten each other and then, in the next breath, hold each other close against the vagaries of the world.

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These Birds Walk Directed by Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq

Awards & Festivals

Zurich Film Festival

2013 | Special Mention: International Documentary Film

Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: Best Documentary Feature (Black Pearl Award)

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

2013 | Winner: Filmmaker-to-Filmmaker Award

The impressionistic results succeed in conveying widespread social problems on a relatable scale, as the subjects register throughout as complex individuals. But when the filmmakers step back in the final sequences to consider the magnitude of poverty in Pakistan, the situation seems even more devastating than it did at the outset.
January 08, 2014
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[The film] finds beauty not in poverty but in glimpses and gestures that transcend it. “What’s up with your running?” Asad asks the silent Omar, but no explanation is necessary.
November 12, 2013
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The filmmakers capture extraordinary adventure on the wing, as when they enter Taliban territory to bring Omar home; along the way, 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
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