An Indian documentary, All That Breathes, has won the L'Oeil d'or, or Golden Eye Award, at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.
The film, that won the best documentary award, has been directed by Shaunak Sen.
Earlier in January 2022, All That Breathes won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
It has also screened at the DocAviv Film Festival in Tel Aviv and at Poland’s Krakow Film Festival.
The documentary based on the lives of two brothers who run a hospital in Delhi to treat injured black kite birds.
The kite brothers Mohammed Saud and Nadeem Shahzadas, have rehabilitated 20,000 black kites over the years.
The birds suffer in Delhi’s intense pollution and face other hazards trying to survive in the metropolis.
It was the second straight L’Œil d’or win for an Indian documentary. A Night of Knowing Nothing, directed by Indian filmmaker Payal Kapadia, won last year.
The jury that chose ‘All That Breathes’ for the award said the film was reminder that in a world of destruction, every life and every small action mattered.
Film critic Raja Sen said: "First Sundance. Then Cannes. All That Breathes. All that wins. So proud of you, Shaunak Sen."
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur tweeted “I am sure, this will inspire other Indian documentary makers to make it big on the world stage,”.