1 h 16 min
A multi-layered and moving portrait of Pakistan's folk music scene, its veteran musicians and instrument craftsmen who are barely surviving in an indifferent society. The film poignantly asks: is there room for traditional music in a nation embroiled in social, political and religious upheaval, along with the pressures of the colonizing pop industry? Taking us on a 1500 kilometre colourful journey along the Indus River in search of some of the oldest forms of music, Indus Blues serves to document these vital artistic treasures so that they are not lost from our collective memory.
Jawad Sharif is an award-winning filmmaker from Pakistan. He has worked on several socially and culturally sensitive film projects involving the themes of human rights and social injustice besides arts and culture. Indus Blues is his first feature documentary.
Production Country and Year Pakistan, 2018 | Produced by Bipolar Films | Producer Jawad Sharif | Director of Photography Asmat Bashir | Sound Varqa Faraid, Agha Ibrahim Akram, Ahmed Ali | Editors Jawad Sharif, Asmat Bashir | Contact Jawad Sharif
See other screenings: WOMEX 19 at Arthouse Cinema Niagara