Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s latest documentary highlights the underappreciated music community of Lahore
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s latest documentary Song of Lahore is set to hit theatres on November 13 in New York.
The documentary, which has been co-directed by Andy Schocken, had earlier been nominated in the ‘Best Documentary Feature’, ‘Best New Documentary Director’ and ‘Best Documentary Editing’ categories at the renowned Tribeca film festival. It has since, been officially selected for a number of film festivals across the globe.
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Song of Lahore highlights the underappreciated music community of Lahore, which until the late 1970s was known throughout the world for its talent. Almost 11 years ago, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios, which aimed to help traditional music flourish in a country that has failed to do recognise its roots to traditional music.
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The documentary focuses on the efforts of Sachal Studio and how a group of musicians who had previously released classical and folk albums went onto bring worldwide acclaim to the studio with an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments. Song of Lahore documents the ensemble’s journey to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its place in the country’s culture with the passage of time.
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Watch the official trailer here: