Song of Lahore Foreign Movie (PG) 82 minutes

SONG OF LAHORE – FOREIGN Movie (PG)--Lahore of Pakistan's 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets, and there were opportunities for the legion of musicians that called it home. Today Islamization, ethnic divisions, war and corruption have torn apart the cultural fabric of Pakistan. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. Convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums. An experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments brings Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. Their rendition of Dave Brubeck's Take Five becomes a sensation, and Wynton Marsalis invites them to New York to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The ensemble is faced with a daunting task: to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its space in Pakistan’s narrowing cultural sphere.