The PGA East Screening Committee invites you and a guest
to a Pre-Release Screening + Q&A of...
Broad Green Pictures Presents
Followed by a conversation with co-directors Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Andy Schocken
A special musical performance by members of the Sachal Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, November 5 at 8:15pm
Park Avenue Screening Room
500 Park Ave.
Enter on 59th St. btwn Park & Madison Ave.
Produced and Directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Andy Schocken
Featuring Baqir Abbas, Rafiq Ahmed, Asad Ali, Najaf Ali, Nijat Ali, Ballu Khan, Saleem Khan, Izzat Majeed and Wynton Marsalis
The ancient city of Lahore was once the center of Pakistan’s thriving film-music recording industry, but that came to an end in the late 1970s under the conservative Islamist rule of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Under the repressive regime, entire families of musicians suddenly found themselves unemployable and the art form they had built their lives around banned. They were forced to meet behind closed doors, quietly continuing the centuries-old practice of passing down ancient musical traditions from one generation to the next.
In 2004, with government restrictions against music easing, businessman Izzat Majeed founded the Sachal Studios Orchestra and encouraged the group to combine classical Pakistani instruments and techniques with the American jazz he had fallen in love with in the 1950s. Their innovative versions of jazz standards, most notably Dave Brubeck’s iconic “Take Five,” made the orchestra a surprise Internet phenomenon, earning international acclaim and an invitation to perform at Lincoln Center with jazz great Wynton Marsalis and his band. SONG OF LAHORE was produced and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Saving Face - 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Short Documentary) and Andy Schocken (The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner).
Release Date: November 13, 2015
Running Time: 85 minutes
This film is not yet rated
IF YOU ATTEND THIS SCREENING, IT IS MANDATORY TO STAY FOR THE Q&A
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