We have the exclusive première of the beautiful trailer for the new documentary These Birds Walk by first-time directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq. The film, which played the 2013 True/False and South By Southwest film festivals, explores the world of famed Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and his welfare centers for orphans and street children by focusing specifically on the fate of one of his charges, a troubled young boy named Omar. Mullick and Tariq spent three years making These Birds Walk, and if the trailer below is any indication, the results are absolutely stunning.
Here’s the official description from the film’s distributor, Oscilloscope Laboratories:
“Omar is a young runaway boy in Karachi, Pakistan, whose life hangs on one critical question: what is home going to mean for him? Is it going to be in the urban streets where he has made his life, an unstructured home for runaways, or the difficult rural family life he has been trying to flee? And might Omar find an answer in the hardened young man Asad, himself a former street kid and now an ambulance driver for the humanitarian Edhi Foundation who helps the children at Omar's orphanage return to their homes, often in dangerous territory and at great personal risk? A glancing, non-hagiographic examination of the work being done by humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, often called ‘the Mother Teresa of Pakistan’ (seen fleetingly throughout the movie), These Birds Walk is both heart-wrenching and life-affirming, documenting the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in an ethereal, poetic story of resilience.”
Gorgeous imagery and unusual subject matter suggest this is a film to keep on your radar this fall. It opens in theaters on November 1. For more information, check out the film’s official website.