2017 Movie Screening

The Plano International Festival is proud to present, in partnership
with the Plano Symphony Orchestra and IndieMeme,
an exclusive cultural event!
2:00 to 2:30pm – Live musical performance in the lobby of the Courtyard Theater
2:30 to 4:00pm – Exclusive showing of the independent documentary film Song of Lahore

Song of Lahore, takes viewers on a soul-stirring journey as a group of classical Pakistani musicians ventures to New York City to perform their sitar-and-tabla reinterpretations of jazz standards with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center.

See below for movie synopsis

4:00 to 4:30pm – Panel discussion with local musicians who will explore the many themes of the film

For reservations, visit planosymphony.org and click Concerts & Tickets

Suggested donation: $15 Adults, $10 Children and Students

Donations will benefit the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s Alice Hobbs Music Scholarship Fund which provides private music lessons to underprivileged middle school music students in the Plano Independent School District.

In partnership with:

Indie Meme is a non-profit film promotion company for South Asian independent films in the United States. The organization aims to build socially conscious communities around film by promoting meaningful cinema via theatrical, non-theatrical, educational, and event-based platforms. Indie Meme is a fiscally sponsored projects of the Austin Creative Alliance.

A film by Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken

Song of Lahore

Movie Synopsis: With its ancient palaces and stately gardens, the Lahore of Pakistan’s 1947 independence was a haven and a muse for musicians, artists, and poets. The city came alive to the beat of a tabla drum; with a musical culture passed down over centuries and a thriving film industry, opportunities were great for the legion of musicians that called Lahore home.

Today, this vision of Lahore exists only in myth. Islamization, ethnic divisions, war and corruption have torn apart the cultural fabric of Pakistan, and the sounds of the tabla no longer drift through the old city’s bazaar.

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 it is an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments that 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. After a groundbreaking week of rehearsals fusing the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians take to the stage for a remarkable concert.

Despite their rising international acclaim, Sachal Studios remains virtually unknown in Pakistan. 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

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Director / Producer

SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY (Director, Producer) is an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker.   She recently completed work on the documentary feature A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the past 15 years, she has made over a dozen multi-award-winning films in over 10 countries, including Saving Face, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Her work has aired on channels spanning 4 continents, including HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery Channel.

In 2012 Time magazine included Obaid-Chinoy in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013 the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos.

Andy Schocken, Director / Producer

ANDY SCHOCKEN (Director, Producer) is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer living in Brooklyn. He was a co-producer and cinematographer for The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, which was nominated for an Academy Award and aired on HBO. His cinematography credits include recent theatrically released documentaries such as A Lego Brickumentary, First Position, Fight Church and Gerhard Richter – Painting. His corporate clients include Apple, Facebook, and Etsy. Schocken holds a master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.