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  • Summary: 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 wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them. [Oscilloscope Pictures] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 31, 2013
    100
    The filmmakers record the flash of youth’s headlong energies, its bumps and bruises, and its melancholies and brilliant chaos.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 27, 2013
    90
    Deeply moving and devoid of melodrama, These Birds Walk is as pragmatic as its subjects.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Oct 29, 2013
    88
    The filmmakers use a wide range of cinematic techniques to convey the tenuous environment in which their subjects find themselves.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 29, 2013
    80
    Viewers can walk away with something more precious than factoids: an emotional, aesthetically striking experience that cuts more deeply than words. And if they crave more information, that’s what the Internet is for.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel Walber
    Nov 2, 2013
    79
    Might be the single most beautiful documentary of the year.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 4, 2013
    70
    Instead of explaining the system through conventional narration, which would have been extremely helpful, the filmmakers immerse auds in the world they found, capturing its subjects’ behavior with startling candor.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Frisicano
    Oct 29, 2013
    60
    Those reunions are not always happy ones—one relative claims that his nephew would be less trouble dead — but they offer a brief, striking glimpse into the situations that make such a organization necessary.

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  1. Mar 11, 2014
    10
    A masterpiece. There has, perhaps, never been a greater documentary made on the effects of poverty on children in the Third World. By eschewing statistics, and interviews, "These Birds Walk" simply points the camera (the cinematography is breathtaking) and watches. Emotions of disbelief, shock, and helplessness follow, as you watch a group of runaway children in Karachi, Pakistan, navigate a broken shell of a nation, and on a smaller scale, of family. These aren't kids; these 8 year olds are already adults, ripped from childhood and already gathering in groups to discuss politics and religion, to break into sectarian groups as their parents do. It is absolutely heartbreaking and devastating. Expand