Indus Blues is the story of the struggle of indigenous musicians and craftsmen of Pakistan, who are barely surviving in an indifferent society. Filmmaker Jawad Sharif takes you on a journey across Pakistan in search of disappearing folk musical instruments.
It is true that this rich plathora of music, classical learning is getting forgotten. How do we preserve it? By making it remunerative... But how do we do that? The movie is about Pakistan folk artists in less devolped places struggling to keep their fading art alive, it is so rare yet so precious. The movie is undoubtedly a beautiful depiction of our preservance of old school art of music and the struggle behind it while reminding the world what they are about to lose.
Indus Blues (2018) is the production of Foundation of Arts, Culture and Education (FACE) and Bipolar Films. Jawad Sharif's Award winning documentary-film has been making waves since its time of release in October, 2018.
The movie is now set to have its premiere in Ontario next month at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF).
The director Jawab Sharif took to his social media to share the news!
Now in its 7th year, the MISAFF is scheduled to take place from August 1 and run till August 4, 2019 at the Cineplex Cinemas Mississauga, Ontario. The festival will showcase eight fiction films, three documentaries, and seven shorts from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Italy, the UK and Canada that are based on the themes of love, explorations of art and ancestry and comedies on complex relationships among others topics.
After winning critical and box office acclaim both in Pakistan and Abroad, Saqib Malik’s directorial debut, Baaji, will now be presented in a competition at The Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival in Canada. The prestigious festival, to be held in the city of Mississauga between the 1st and 4th of August, is renowned for showcasing cutting edge cinema from South Asia
The MISAFF film festival presented by CCAI features the best of new South Asian and select Middle Eastern film titles for Mississauga and Toronto area cinephiles. MISAFF features ground-breaking and award-winning films, carefully curated for their cinematic excellence and social consciousness. The outstanding films, parties, industry panels and networking opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers alike make MISAFF the hottest event of the summer.
“I am thrilled that Baaji is a part of MIsaff. It’s a huge honour that the film will be in competition and up for awards,” said Saqib Malik, who is hoping to personally attend the festival and be a part of the special screening of the film on 2nd August.
Actor Ali Kazmi, who plays a prominent role in Baaji, will also be present at the festival.
Billed as Meera’s comeback film , Baaji has already created a lot of buzz for its performances and its bold infusion of genres. The film’s hit music and homage to Lollywood has also won over audiences , wherever it has played. We are hoping Baaji brings back some of those coveted international awards and makes Pakistani cinema proud!
Meanwhile back home, Baaji continues it’s stellar run. Nearing its sixth week in cinemas, the film continues to win new fans. According to reports, President Arif Alvi also took out time from his busy schedule and recently watched the film at the Islamabad Club cinema.
With all this acclaim coming in, we can’t wait to see what Saqib Malik has up his sleeve next.