SONG OF LAHORE: Film by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken to Open in Theaters and Release on DVD, VOD and Digital HD

By Gitesh Pandya

Song of Lahore: Official Film Poster

“ELEGANT AND MOVING.” ~ Mike Hale, The New York Times
“A JOYOUS AND RIVETING FILM.” ~ Steve Pond, The Wrap
“MAGICAL AND HOPEFUL.” ~ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine

A Film by Academy Award® Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken

Directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Best Documentary, Short Subject: Saving Face, 2012; A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, 2015) and Andy Schocken, the acclaimed documentary SONG OF LAHORE opens in select theaters and is available on DVD, VOD and Digital HD May 20. Featuring the music of The Sachal Ensemble of Pakistan and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, SONG OF LAHORE examines the lives and the cultural heritage of Pakistan’s classical musicians as they prepare for a concert in New York City.

The theatrical release of SONG OF LAHORE begins on Friday, May 20, exclusively at Village East Cinema in New York City and Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

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SONG OF LAHORE was an official selection at numerous film festivals in 2015, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, IDFA Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and the Heartland Film Festival.

Also on May 20, Universal Music Classics releases an East-meets-West musical landmark: Song of Lahore, an album inspired by the moving documentary. On this unprecedented cross-cultural, genre-bending collection the soulful musicians of the film – The Sachal Ensemble of Pakistan – perform iconic songs of understanding and hope alongside stars from across jazz, rock, R&B and Americana, all convened by Grammy Award-winning producer Eli Wolf. The lineup of musical talent includes Bilal, Cibo Matto, Nels Cline, Marisol Hernandez, Seu Jorge, Jim James, Sean Lennon, Wynton Marsalis, Madeleine Peyroux, Becca Stevens, Meryl Streep and Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks performing reimaginings of songs made iconic by the likes of Duke Ellington, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Allen Toussaint, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and Elvis Costello

Watch the trailer for SONG OF LAHORE.

Also listen to the music sampler featuring Meryl Streep, Wynton Marsalis and others.


SONG OF LAHORE follows Sachal Studios musicians from their hometown in Pakistan to New York City as they rehearse and take the stage for a truly moving concert performance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, after receiving a personal invitation to perform from Wynton Marsalis.

Release date: May 20 (select theaters, DVD, VOD, Digital HD)
Directors: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Andy Schocken
Music: The Sachal Jazz Ensemble and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Rating: PG
Runtime: 82 minutes

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