The documentary “Song of Lahore” is described as a documentary that fills you with joy and makes you grin from ear to ear. Set against
the backdrop of a Pakistan where rich cultural tradition found itself in decline as religious fundamentalism grew, an extraordinarily passionate and
entertaining group of classical musicians find a new pathway to reinvigorate their art–unwittingly becoming a You Tube sensation with an invitation to play Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis.
The film was the runner-up for the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it premiered. This feature-length documentary by Academy Award winner
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken is a dramatic journey into the
past and future,
essential for all music lovers.
With its ancient palaces and stately gardens, the Lahore of
Pakistan’s 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians,
artists, and poets. Today,
this vision of Lahore exists only in myth. Islamization, ethnic
divisions, war and corruption have torn apart the cultural fabric of
Pakistan, and the
sounds of the tabla no longer drift through the old city’s bazaar.
Against this backdrop, a group of highly talented musicians from
Lahore’s Sachal Studios
record a breakthrough album of innovative jazz classics that
unexpectedly takes them from Lahore to New York City and a performance
with iconic Wynton
“Song of Lahore” will have its L.A. premiere on Tuesday July 21st at 7:30pm at ArcLight Hollywood. Andy Schocken
will be joining
us for Q&A after the film, and a reception at the ArcLight bar.
You can purchase tickets to catch this film HERE.