In Karachi, Pakistan, an elderly man named Abdul Sattar Edhi runs a safe house for orphaned and abandoned children. Filmmakers Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq spent three years shooting “These Birds Walk,” which judging from the trailer below, features stunning cinematography to tell the moving story of a troubled country’s lost children.
From the synopsis: 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.
“These Birds Walk” premiered at the 2013 True/False and SXSW Film Festivals and opens in New York Nov. 1. Check out the trailer below: