Against the darkening backdrop of New Delhi’s apocalyptical air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protecting one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the black kite.
In one of the world’s most populated cities, cows, rats, monkeys, frogs and hogs jostle cheek-by-jowl with people. Here, two brothers fall in love with a bird. From their makeshift bird hospital in their tiny basement, the “kite brothers” care for thousands of these mesmeric creatures that drop daily from New Delhi’s smog-choked skies. As environmental toxicity and civil unrest escalate, the relationship between this muslim family and the neglected kite forms a poetic chronicle of the city’s collapsing ecology and rising social tensions.
Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. A special screening at the Cannes Film Festival 2022 of an emerging director lauded as a new master of documentary.