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Song of Lahore

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Song of Lahore
Film poster
Directed bySharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Andy Schocken
Produced bySharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Andy Schocken
Music byThe Sachal Ensemble, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Distributed byBroad Green Pictures
Release dates
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States

Song of Lahore is a documentary film directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken. The film follows a group of musicians as they travel from their home in Pakistan to New York City to perform at Lincoln Center.[1][2]


The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2015.[3] The limited release was set for November 13, 2015.[4]

Actor Faran Tahir and comedian Saad Haroon attended the premiere of the film. Following the screening, the film received standing ovation.[5]


Song of Lahore tells the story of Sachal Studios, a Pakistani music group who prepare for a New York City performance after being invited by Wynton Marsalis. They rehearse with Marsalis' band, the Jazz, then take the stage together at Lincoln Center.[6]


  • Nijat Ali
  • Izzat Majeed
  • Saleem Khan


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 100% based on 17 critics, with an average rating of 7.1/10.[8] On Metacritic, the film have an above average score of 69 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]

John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "likeable if not especially vibrant doc[umentary]".[10]

According to Ronnie Scheib of Variety, the documentary was "excellent".[11]


  1. ^ Eng, Matthew. "2015 Tribeca Film Festival Music Documentary Acquired by Broad Green Pictures". Tribecca. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  2. ^ Piccalo, Gina (November 5, 2015). "Pakistan's Sachal Jazz Ensemble rises above the risks in 'Song of Lahore'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  3. ^ "Tribeca Film Festival 'Song of Lahore' Premiere". Gotham.
  4. ^ "Fall movies 2015: Every movie coming out between now and 2016". Los Angeles Daily News. September 11, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  5. ^ "Tribeca Film Fest: Sharmeen's 'Song of Lahore' receives standing ovation". Dawn. April 21, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  6. ^ Pond, Steve (September 10, 2015). "Broad Green Pictures Acquires Music Documentary 'Song of Lahore'". The Wrap. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  7. ^ Dillard, Clayton (May 16, 2016). "Review: Song of Lahore". Slant Magazine.
  8. ^ "Song of Lahore (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  9. ^ "Song of Lahore Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  10. ^ DeFore, John (April 25, 2015). "'Song of Lahore': Tribeca Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  11. ^ "Film Review: Song of Lahore". Variety. July 30, 2015.

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