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Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s ‘Song of Lahore’ screening hosted by Meryl Streep

Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy screened her latest movie ‘Song of Lahore’ in New York.

What’s more elating for Sharmeen was the fact that the ceremony was attended by none other than legendary Hollywood actress Meryl Streep. On 3rd of November, Crosby Street Hotel in New York was home to a screening of the ‘Song of Lahore’ and afterwards a performance by The Sachal Jazz Ensemble.

As per the press release, “Song of Lahore” is a documentary which focuses on the music community of Lahore, which until the late 1970s, was world-renowned for its music and talent. In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. After convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums, but an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments brought Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. “Song of Lahore” turns the spotlight on Sachal Studios and charters the ensemble’s journey to reclaim and reinvigorate an art that has lost its space in Pakistan’s narrowing cultural sphere.

The press release also said that Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has made over a dozen multi award winning films in over 10 countries around the world. Her films include Saving Face, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is the only Pakistani ever to bag an Academy Award. No other has been able to match the feat so far. Not only an Academy Award, the Oscar-winning filmmaker also has an auspicious Emmy award to her name. Here are a few tweets that she tweeted from her official Twitter account:-

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