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Song Of Lahore
An enthralling tuneful documentary about the magic of musical fusion. This impressively assembled film follows a small band of Pakistani classical musicians, who when faced with a shrinking audience for their music in their homeland, decide to work on an experimental album that blends jazz with their own South Asian improv style. The group heads to New York to join Wynton Marsalis’ group for a concert at the Lincoln Center. Their zest and joy of being in Manhattan is balanced with the sheer hard work of bringing the two bands’ styles together, but it all leads to a gloriously moving concert, which shows quite magnificently how musical styles can work together to concoct something magical.
2015 / English, Punjabi and Urdu dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 82 mins
Genre: Non-fiction
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: Middle East Premiere
Rating: PG
Contains: Requires Parental Guidance
Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schocken
Producer: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schocken
DOP: Asad Faruqi
Editor: Flávia De Souza
Cast: Wynton Marsalis, The Sachal Jazz Ensemble, The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, Rafiq Ahmad, Shahid Nazir, Ijaz Hussain
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