These Birds Walk

First-time directors Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq intended to make a documentary about Abdul Sattar Edhi, a philanthropist who has opened literally hundreds of facilities for Pakistan’s impoverished citizens; but when Edhi suggested they focus on his work rather than on him, they shifted their focus to an ambulance driver employed at one of his medical centers and a boy staying at a shelter for runaway and abandoned children. The impressionistic results succeed in conveying widespread social problems on a relatable scale, as the subjects register throughout as complex individuals. But when the filmmakers step back in the final sequences to consider the magnitude of poverty in Pakistan, the situation seems even more devastating than it did at the outset. In Urdu with subtitles.