|THESE BIRDS WALK (directors: Omar Mullick/Bassam Tariq; cinematographer: Omar Mullick; editor: Sonejuhi Sinha; music: Todd Reynolds; cast: Abdul Sattar Edhi, Asad Ghori, Omar, Shehr Ali, Humeira, Mumtaz, Rafiullah, Saqib; Runtime: 71; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Omar Mullick/Bassam Tariq/Valentina Canavesio/Sonejuhi Sinha; Oscilloscope Laboraties; 2013-Pakistan-in Urdu with English subtitles)|
social conscious doc."
by Dennis Schwartz
Mullick and Bassam Tariq direct this
remarkable inspirational social conscious doc
about the runaway children of Karachi, Pakistan, and
the home that cares for these unfortunates. The home
was founded in 1951 for $50 by the
humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, whose group now runs
over 300 centers all over Pakistan. The film tells the
story of the kids in his shelter, as we only see the
85-year-old Edhi once when giving basin baths to the
emaciated preschoolers in the opening shot.
runaways are given free shelter and must live there
obeying the home rules, and can only leave if their
parents come for them. The stars of the film are the
sympathetic young ambulance driver, Asad, who for the
last couple of years brings the homeless children to
the shelter when not bringing patients or corpses to
the shelter's hospital and the young tough-talking
10-year-old Omar (using an alias), who ran away from
his Taliban-held land living
The pic shoots for an atmospheric lyrical presentation, and leaves us with the impression that in this impoverished and dangerous part of the world life is not easy and hard to navigate. The safe-haven shelter realizes the neighborhood it resides in is not always children friendly, so by its entrance a bassinet bears the words LEAVE THEM IN THE CARRIAGE. DON'T KILL THE CHILDREN.
REVIEWED ON 12/26/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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