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THESE BIRDS WALK
A Documentary Film By Omar Mullick & Bassam Tariq
EXCLUSIVE TWIN CITIES THEATRICAL RUN!
7PM Thursday-Saturday, February 6-8, 2014
2:30PM Sunday, February 9, 2014 | Following the Sunday screening, American Refugee Committee's Colleen Striegel will share how ARC works to protect children in Pakistan and around the world.
Childcare available Sunday for ages 3-11
LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FILMMAKERS
Tickets: $7 advance, student, senior | $9 door
Purchase tickets online or over the phone by calling 612.871.4444
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 heartwrenching and life-affirming, These Birds Walk documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the samaritans looking out for them in an ethereal and inspirational story of resilience.
Filmed over nearly three years, These Birds Walk is the story of Omar, a high-spirited young boy of 9 or 10 who is living in a house for runaways; he has fled his difficult rural home life for the dangerous streets of Karachi, and is trying to find a safe haven somewhere amidst the
chaos of his country and his family. Attempting to help him is Asad, a young ambulance driver who works for the dispatch center
adjacent to the runaways’ home. A former street kid, Asad sees something of himself in these children, and reluctantly but regularly risks his life to reunite them with their families.
Hanging over both of them, though only briefly glimpsed in the film, is the presence of the founder of both the orphanage and the ambulance dispatch center: Abdul Sattar Edhi, the most deeply revered philanthropist in Pakistan. Edhi has established a system of nursing homes, women’s shelters, orphanages and hospitals – a large army of humanitarians gathered in his name to fight the country’s rampant gang violence, ethnic conflict and poverty.
*Following the film on Thursday evening, American Refugee Committee humanitarian worker Michelle Heerey will share how ARC works to protect children in Pakistan and around the world.
**Following the Sunday screening, American Refugee Committee's Colleen Striegel will share how ARC works to protect children in Pakistan and around the world.
***Pre-sold tickets are available for pick-up through will call at Intermedia Arts on each evening. If tickets are not claimed 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of the performance, the unclaimed tickets may be released to a waiting list.
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ABOUT THE AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE
The American Refugee Committee is building a 21st century humanitarian organization rooted in co-creating with committed people to provide more meaningful solutions to humanitarian crises worldwide. Since its founding in 1979, ARC has worked with millions of refugees in conflict and crisis zones worldwide. Our programs are built from the ground up. We work with people at the most vulnerable points in their lives, when they have lost everything to war or disaster. They let us know what they need most, and we work together to develop ways to help them get it. Our programs are as diverse as the people we serve, but they all work together for the same goal: to help people take back control of their lives. We are based in Minneapolis, MN. To learn more, visit www.ARCrelief.org.
This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.