These Birds Walk trailer, film by Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq

Here is the latest trailer for the film by my friends Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq called "These Birds Walk". They sent this around over the weekend just before leaving to go to Pakistan to finish filming this movie. Earlier this year Omar and Bassam were recognized at the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.

These Birds Walk - Teaser from Omar & Bassam on Vimeo.

It's a story about Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Pakistani humanitarian who has spent his entire life helping the poorest and most forgotten people of Pakistan. The amazing thing about this movie is that although it is a documentary about Edhi, it's shot as if it is an actual film with script and narrative (but no narration). All the dialogue is natural, presumably unscripted. The music is also really well done...and I think one of the many attributes of this film that will make the story accessible to audiences around the world. This movie is going to do very well when it comes out for two reasons. Firstly, it's shot AMAZINGLY. Now that DSLR video production has gone mainstream we're starting to see the amazing things that can be done with video when you don't need to lug a huge camera around. Secondly, and more importantly than firstly, is that it tells a real story about Pakistan and the real challenges the country faces. Right now all you hear about Pakistan is in the context of terrorism and war. But in a country of almost 200 million people, there is a lot more going on. Also, I am not a big advocate of poverty porn - showing gripping images of poor people to elicit sympathy and fundraising. I am an advocate of explaining what is happening in Pakistan and an even bigger advocate of Pakistanis themselves telling those stories. Edhi is himself a saintly character. But Omar and Bassim have made the film about Edhi without really making it about Edhi. It's not about people praising all the amazing things Edhi has done for six + decades (which could and also ought to be done at some point). It's about the actual object of his work. The few lines that we do hear from Edhi Saheb are simple and powerful. Please share this trailer around the inter webs as much as you can and I'll keep you posted on film related developments. Listen to an interview with Bassam here.