The documentary feature film “Indus Blues” has just been nominated for Grand Jury Prize in the 8th edition of Guam International Film Festival. The festival will be held from October 3 to October 28, 2018. Indus Blues will be screened on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 7:45 pm local time and on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 7:55 pm.
Informing about the nomination, filmmaker and festival program director Kel Mauna has informed Director and Producer Jawad Sharif about the film’s achievement at the festival. “Only two films out of over 300 submissions from over 50 countries around the world were chosen as finalists for this prestigious recognition.”
This is not the first time filmmaker Jawad Sharif has made a mark at this festival. “K2 and the Invisible Footmen,” his collaboration with Iara Lee of Caipirinha Productions was also included in the Official Selection in the festival in 2016. Bipolar Films has co-produced the project. Jawad expressed his satisfaction on the nomination, “This moment is only possible because of the hard work of no less than 3 years by the entire team involved in the production of Indus Blues. I find it heartening that the message of the indigenous musicians and craftsmen of the cultures of Indus is finding its way across the globe. This was the intention when I first decided to tell their story through the only medium through which I could highlight their struggle.”
Guam International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the Asia Pacific region. It is the only US film festival in the West Pacific and its past editions have included Academy Award, Sundance, and Cannes Palme d’Or winners. This month-long festival is also distinct for the rich diversity of communities gathered at a single film event.
Indus Blues is a film telling the story about the fading musical instruments of Pakistan. In this film, 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.
The Foundation of Arts, Culture and Education or FACE is a platform that encourages artists and artisans to create relevant and socially viable works in their communities while providing avenues to engage and connect with wider audiences and build revenue streams. Through publicly accessible programs and collaborative multimedia productions, FACE provides a platform for the generation and exchange of ideas leading to positive social change.
Bipolar Films is an Islamabad based production company that is known for its mission of using film as a vehicle for social change. They have already collaborated in the production of several films highlighting various social issues including award-winning feature documentary “K2 and the Invisible Footmen.”