directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken, 2015 / USA, Pakistan / 82′
Lahore was once the cultural centre of Pakistan, a real creative paradise for musicians. Until 1977, when the imposition of sharia law led Pakistani orchestras to be disbanded and musicians vilified, even killed. In the past few years, the stifling restrictions have been somewhat eased, which led Izzat Majeed to start the Sachal Studios, convincing some of the most skilled virtuosos in the country to dust off their instruments and fight against oblivion, in a desperate attempt to resurrect their musical traditions. Everything will change when their unusual cover of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five”, using traditional Pakistani instruments, becomes a YouTube sensation. The loose band of musicians turn into overnight celebrities and are invited by top jazz player Wynton Marsalis to join his famous orchestra at New York’s Lincoln Center.