Competition Documentary Feature
Directed by: Jonathan Sutak
USA, 2021, 56m
Adonis, an injured black vulture with a broken wing, is a local hero in Hot Springs, Arkansas. His survival depends on Jayne Lakhani, a waitress and artist who develops a special bond with Adonis. If you have never seen a vulture excited to see someone, it’s surprisingly joyful and moving to witness. Years ago, Jayne’s life was derailed when she was also seriously injured in an accident. She has a fondness for caring for people and animals who may be seen as “broken.” She takes in Ann, an 80-year-old, formerly homeless Brit, who is quite the character and presents another challenge for Jayne. However, Jayne’s kindness, empathy, and charm rarely fades, even when she recounts her own traumatic past and her emotions around her LGBTQ identity. Jonathan Sutak, who last directed Dons of Disco (FFF 2019), returns to the festival with a very different kind of film. Broken Wings is a quirky yet intimate story about finding love, friendship, and community in the most unlikely of places.
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