More Than Human Cities: Kinship Across Species


Through the labor of three New Delhi locals rescuing birds who fall from a polluted sky, All That Breathes offers a meditation on how we live not just with other humans but also with other species. Portraying the city as an ecological system that clearly includes wildlife, the film challenges the oft-perpetuated divide between human and natural systems. Indeed, alternatives to anthropocentric ways of knowing are shared by cultures across the planet, including the First Peoples of the Bay Area.

In cities, places historically built for humans to escape or “conquer” nature, what does it look like to include soils, waters, plants, and animals in our assumption of “community”? As city dwellers, what caretaking rituals might we create as pathways to rebalancing our relationship with the natural world? How can we make our cities more equitable and healthy through the process?


Kristal Çelik (Moderator)

SFUFF Program Producer, Engineer

Avni Shah (Moderator)

Architect, Filmmaker

Dr. Christopher Schell

Assistant Professor and Urban Ecologist in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley


All That Breathes

INDIA / USA / UK | 2022 | 94 mins. | Directed by Todd Sills & Kevin D. Wong
In one of the world’s most populated cities, two brothers — Nadeem and Saud — devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the ‘kite brothers’ spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian basement hospital. Director Shaunak Sen (Cities of Sleep) explores the connection between the kites and the Muslim brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.
ALL THAT BREATHES is the first feature to win the award for Best Documentary at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.