Through exploring the diverse landscape around the Indus River, Indus Blues delves into the rich musical culture of the region. The film, directed by Jawad Sharif, follows the journey of 11 Pakistani folk musicians who are some of the last that perform their art. The film is able to communicate the despair and frustration that indigenous communities are facing as a result of losing their culture. It showcases what can result if communities do not appreciate and support artists as well as the systemic political effort of cultural erasure. Beyond this, the film is able to showcase stories that express the hard work and resilience of the musicians. Their stories share how despite the struggles and obstacles they face, they still manage to create and share their music. Combine these emotion-filled stories with the stunning cultural and scenic landscape around the Indus River and you get a film that you definitely need to watch!
The Ismailli Centre of Vancouver is hosting a screening of the film on February 8th, 2020. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring South Asian musicians who will be sharing their perspectives. For information click here.