Indus Blues – Official Trailer Launch at AFK

Join Alliance Franciase Karachi for the launch of Indus Blues, a film by Jawad Sharif that narrates the story of Pakistan’s fading musical instruments and the few maestros who can play them.

Date: 1 October 2018
Time: 6 to 8:30 PM
Place: Alliance française de Karachi
Entry: Free entry, all welcome


6:00 Arrival of guests
6:30 Opening remarks by Gilles Pascal, Director AFK
6:40 Saif Samejo (Performance)
6:55 Ustad Mumtaz Sabzal, Electric Benjo player
7:10 Faqeer Zulfiqar Borindo Player (Performance)
7:35 Indus Blues Panel for Q&A
8:15 Closing Remarks


Pakistani indigenous folk artists talk about their struggle to keep a fading art form alive while reminding the world what they are about to lose.

In Pakistan, a country riddled with political turmoil, economic challenges, and social identity crisis, musicians and instrument craftsmen find it hard to survive and sustain their art. They also have to deal with the fact that being a music performer is a social taboo in the society.

In Indus Blues, filmmaker Jawad Sharif not only showcases the unique performances of these rarely seen musical instruments from perhaps their last remaining maestros but also takes the audience on a journey throughout the landscape of Pakistan from the northern Karakoram mountains to the southern coastline.

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