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“A strik­ing work of poetic real­ism.“

-Michael Tully, Hammer To Nail


“Haunting….A rare glimpse into child­hood.”

– Peter Debruge, Vari­ety


the film

In Karachi, Pak­istan, a run­away boy’s life hangs on one crit­i­cal ques­tion: where is home? The streets, an orphan­age, or with the fam­ily he fled in the first place? Simul­ta­ne­ously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, THESE BIRDS WALK doc­u­ments the strug­gles of these way­ward street chil­dren and the samar­i­tans look­ing out for them in this ethe­real and inspi­ra­tional story of resilience.

“Absolutely stun­ning… the type of doc­u­men­tary you’d expect Ter­rence Mal­ick or Michael Haneke to make.”

– Joshua Brun­st­ing, Cri­te­rion Cast


 “Hard to shake…. a fine entry in cinema’s history of tortured male youth”

– Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine

Extremely impressive...Offers up one astonishingly lyrical passage after another.”

-Adam Nayman, Point of View Magazine

I found myself enamored with the artistry and humanity…Intertwines painfully recessive verite with an almost florid lyricism… Showcases the exquisite, fleeting beauties that Mullick and Tariq captured in their extensive recordings in and around a Pakistani orphanage.”

-Eric Hynes, CinemaScope Magazine

“The filmmakers display an extraordinary ability to not let their subject, or a decisive moment, escape.”

-Nick Pinkerton, Art Forum

“Frankly, this is most beautiful documentary I can remember. With a hand-held camera and exceptional use of light and color, Mullick obtains a magnificent shimmering effect, all the more impressive in such a claustrophobic space… Never condescending, the directors do not let their formal choices overwhelm the emphasis on the kids.”

– Howard Feinstein, Filmmaker Magazine

“THESE BIRDS WALK wins audi­ences over from the moment that it starts and res­onates long after it is over.”

– Dorothy Burk Vasquez, Pop Mat­ters

Haunting….A rare glimpse into child­hood.”

– Peter Debruge, Vari­ety

“A stun­ningly immer­sive por­trait.“

– Kevin B. Lee, Sights & Sound

“An extra­or­di­nar­ily beau­ti­ful film.“

– Hubert Vig­illa, Flix­ist

“A strik­ing work of poetic real­ism.“

– Michael Tully, Ham­mer to Nail

“Mul­lick and Tariq cap­ture these youth with a vivid power that imme­di­ately recalls Truffaut’s 400 Blows.“

– Tom Ros­ton, PBS / POV’s Doc Soup

Stun­ning… Has a lyri­cal qual­ity that shows the beauty and sad­ness of grow­ing up.“

– Tom Ros­ton, PBS / POV’s Doc Soup

“Even though Tariq and Mullick’s film takes place halfway around the world from most of the peo­ple who will ever see this film, it is a study into the uni­ver­sal need for a home.“

– Gabrielle Lip­ton, Slant

“A kinetic, vis­ceral documentary…communicates uni­ver­sal mes­sages of fam­ily, child­hood, and resilience.“

– Talia Ralph, Global Post





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If we’re not coming to a cinema near you, you can organize your own THESE BIRDS WALK screening using Gathr:


February 7

Seattle, WA – SIFF Cinema

February 8

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Cinematheque

February 27

Menlo Park, CA – Guild Theatre

March 12

Atlanta, GA – Plaza Theatre

March 13

Dallas, TX – Dallas Royal Lane

March 14

Phoenix, AZ – Christown 14





November 1

New York, NY – Village East Cinemas

November 7

San Francisco, CA – 3rd i San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

November 8

Gainesville, FL – The Hippodrome Theatre

Missoula, MT – The Roxy Theater

November 29

Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle Music Hall 3

January 9

Miami, FL – O Cinema

January 10

Chicago, IL – Facets Cinematheque

* Q&A w/ Bassam Tariq following 7pm show on Sunday, January 12th at Facets Cinematheque *

January 13

Anchorage, AK – Beartooth Theatre

January 15

Albuquerque, NM – Guild Cinema

January 17

Winston-Salem, NC – Aperture Cinema

January 21

Denver, CO – Sie Film Center


True/False Film Festival 

SXSW Film Festival 

Dallas International Film Festival 

Minneapolis International Film Festival 

BAMcinemafest, New York City

Maine International Film Festival

Stony Brook Film Festival

Nashville Film Festival   

Newport Beach FIlm Festival

Hot Docs International Film Festival

Little Rock Film Festival

Seattle International Film Festival

Berkshire International Film Festival

MassMoCA, Images Cinema / Bang In A Can

Melbourne Film Festival

Willmore 9 Film Festival



OMAR MULLICK (co-Director/Cinematographer)

Omar (LEFT) is a pho­tog­ra­pher, cin­e­matog­ra­pher, and film­maker. His work as a pho­tog­ra­pher has appeared in the New York Times and National Geo­graphic, and has received mul­ti­ple awards. His project ‘Can’t Take It With You’ was fea­tured in a solo show at the GalleryFCB in Chelsea, New York. Selected works have shown at the Safe-T gallery in Dumbo. Com­mer­cial works include skate videos and tele­vi­sion shows for MTV. These Birds Walk is his first fea­ture film. In 2012, Omar was selected as one of 25 New Faces of Inde­pen­dent Film by Film­maker Magazine.

BASSAM TARIQ (co-Director/Producer)

Bas­sam (RIGHT) is an inde­pen­dent pro­ducer who has pro­duced fea­ture sto­ries for TIME mag­a­zine, Boing Boing, Atlas Obscura and Huff­in­g­ton Post.  He is also the co-creator of the viral travel blog30 Mosques in 30 Days in where him and a friend trav­eled across Amer­ica high­light­ing the lives of Amer­i­can Mus­lims. The project was high­lighted by NPR, BBC, Huff­in­g­ton Post and named CNN’s Top News­mak­ers of 2010. This is his first fea­ture film. In 2012, Bas­sam was selected as one of 25 New Faces of Inde­pen­dent Film by Film­maker Magazine.

SONEJUHI SINHA (Editor/Pro­ducer)

Sone­juhi is a New York-based edi­tor work­ing at Final Cut Edit. She has edited sev­eral music videos for MTV and MTV2 UK, high pro­file com­mer­cials for award win­ning Ad cam­paigns and a 30 minute series, Provo­ca­teur, for the Sun­dance Chan­nel. She recently edited a high pro­file com­mer­cial for AIDS Aware­ness, gar­ner­ing recog­ni­tion from ADcritic, Cre­ativ­ity, and win­ning 2 Lions at Cannes. She is cur­rently work­ing on two fea­ture doc­u­men­taries due for com­ple­tion in 2012.


Valentina has worked as a pro­ducer on doc­u­men­taries and mag­a­zine TV shows world­wide. She is the founder of Ayoka Pro­duc­tions, a non-profit that uses short films to high­light inspir­ing grass­roots ini­tia­tives. Valentina also works as a one-woman crew all over Africa and Asia, shoot­ing and edit­ing videos for NGOs and the UN. In 2010, she was invited as an up-and-coming film­maker to the Berli­nale Tal­ent Cam­pus. She is cur­rently direct­ing her first fea­ture film.


Todd is a com­poser, an elec­tronic musi­cian and pro­ducer. He is best known, how­ever, for 25 years of per­form­ing as a vio­lin­ist in the worlds great con­cert halls, col­lab­o­rat­ing with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Mered­ith Monk, Betty Buck­ley, John Cale, Joe Jack­son and Todd Rund­gren to name a few. “A clas­si­cal vio­lin­ist gone hor­ri­bly wrong” his music tra­verses style and genre far from his ori­gins, and his critically-acclaimed dou­ble album, Out­er­bor­ough, enjoyed a posi­tion as Num­ber 1 in Clas­si­cal on Amazon’s 2011 lists.




Omar Mul­lick — twit­ter: @cerulean_blue

Bas­sam Tariq — twit­ter: @curry_crayola


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