Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq’s “These Birds Walk,” is a deeply compassionate and exquisitely shot documentary with images reminiscent of Cartier-Bresson–but in color, and moving. What is the decisive moment called at 30 frames per second?
Made over three years, “Birds” provides brief glimpses of Abdul Sattar Edhi (now 85 and known as “the Mother Teresa of Pakistan”) and his lifelong humanitarian work, as the film follows Omar, a young runaway living on the streets of Karachi who finds his way to a group home run by the Edhi Foundation.
He is eventually returned to his difficult family life in a remote area of Pakistan, driven home through dangerous territory by Asad, once a street kid himself but now driving an ambulance for the foundation. And although his job doesn’t requre it, he’s willing to take personal risk to reunite families. But Omar seems unsettled, ready to flee again.
“These Birds Walk” will open on Friday, November 1 at the Village East Cinema, with a limited national release to follow.