Indus Blues

Co-presented with WOMEX

Pakistan, 2018, 76 min, Colour

Pakistani folk artists talk about their struggle to keep a fading art form alive while reminding the world what they are about to lose. The diverse cultures around Indus, with over 70 spoken languages, have deep roots going back centuries. Despite the richness of the various cultures flourishing along the mighty Indus river, their sounds have faded to the background in a world dominated by modern musical instruments. Filmmaker Jawad Sharif takes us on a journey spanning a thousand miles from the Karakoram Mountains to the southern coastline, capturing the little-known ethnic, linguistic, and musical diversity and humanism of the cultures of the Indus.



Jawad Sharif


Jawad Sharif


Asmat Bashir


Asmat BashirJawad Sharif


Jawad Sharif is an award-winning filmmaker based in Pakistan, known for his signature visual storytelling style. He has an intuitive talent for revealing spontaneous human moments. He is among the rare filmmakers who are proficient in weaving compelling visuals and narratives in both fiction and non-fiction films. He was awarded a scholarship to contribute to an International Film Exchange Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Jawad is also an alumnus of the Swedish Institute and Institut Fur Auslandsbeziehunge, Germany.


Denmark, 2019, CPH:DOX,

CPH:DOX, Denmark 2019 -

Netherlands, 2019, DOCfeed,

DOCfeed, Netherlands 2019 -

United States, 2019, GIFF Guam, Grand Jury Prize for Crystal Award

GIFF Guam, United States 2019 - Grand Jury Prize for Crystal Award

India, 2019, Jaipur IFF, Best Documentary Feature Award and Best Cinematography Award

Jaipur IFF, India 2019 - Best Documentary Feature Award and Best Cinematography Award

Chile, 2018, South Film and Arts Academy Festival , Best Documentary Feature

South Film and Arts Academy Festival , Chile 2018 - Best Documentary Feature


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