A documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken “Song of Lahore”, on the acclaimed Sachal Studios has been selected for the World Documentary Feature Competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
“Song of Lahore” is a documentary which focuses on the music community of Lahore, which until the late 1970s, was world-renowned for its music and talent.
The only Pakistani entry from the 12 international documentaries selected for the prize. The documentary film is in contention for the following awards: Best Documentary Feature, Best New Documentary Director and Best Documentary Editing at the acclaimed film festival.
This time the documentary is selected in 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The festival will take place from April 15 – 26, 2015 at locations throughout downtown Manhattan – New York.
The documentary focuses on the music community of Lahore, which until the late 1970s, was world-renowned for its music and talent. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots.
After convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums, but an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments brought Sachal Studios into the global spotlight.
“Song of Lahore” turns the spotlight on Sachal Studios and charters the ensemble’s journey to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its space in Pakistan’s narrowing cultural sphere.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken Sachal Studio documentary selected for Tribeca Film Festival 2015.