September 21, 2016
Raglan Arts Film Festival - selection of nominee shorts
SONG OF LAHORE
Song of Lahore examines the lives and the cultural heritage of Pakistan's classical musicians, and asks whether there is still room for them in a society roiled by social and religious upheaval. After toiling in obscurity for years, an innovative album leads Sachal Studios to international acclaim, and a triumphant concert with Wynton Marsalis and his orchestra at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This feature length documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken follows their dramatic journey, and asks if they will ever find an audience at home.
Variety "A fascinating study in cross-cultural pollination, â€œSongâ€ positively sings.
New York TimesÂ "It gives away nothing to say that the trip is (mostly) a triumph for the Sachal players. The scenes shown from their Jazz at Lincoln Center concert are delightful enough to have you wish for three or four more songs. Itâ€™s a far cry from that slow-going beginning, and well worth the wait. "
Tribeca Film Festival 2015 - Best Documentary Feature
Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schocken
Documentary, Music | 82mins |Exempt | Urdu, English, Panjabi |Â Pakistan, USA
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Song of Lahore follows several Pakistani classical musicians, and asks if there is room for them in a society roiled by conflict. An unexpected jazz album brings international acclaim and a performance with Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center, but will they ever find an audience at home? Doc. exempt - 82 mins.
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