Filmmaker Jawad Sharif’s award-winning documentary film, Indus Blues, has been making waves for quite some time now and is still on a roll. After winning the Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary at the recently concluded South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM), the 76-minute long documentary has another feather in its cap. Indus Blues has won the Best Interculturality Film Award at the Festival Internacional de Cine Invisible (The International Unseen Film Festival ‘Social Films’ from Bilbao) in Spain.
The film festival, according to the its official website, is an annual celebration dedicated to show a cinema full of diversity and social commitment; a cinema that is usually excluded from commercial screens. It is centered on four major themes: Sustainable Development, Human Rights, Interculturality and Gender Equity.
Jawad Sharif took to social media to share the good news. “Wow... Here is the moment when Indus Blues won the ‘Best Interculturality Film Award’ at the Festival Internacional de Cine Invisible ‘Film Sozialak’ Bilbao in Basque Country, Spain,” he wrote on his official Instagram handle. “Thank you Festival Cine Invisible Bilbao for the honour and for spreading the message of love and humanity from Pakistan’s indigenous folk musicians,” he added.
Produced by the Foundation of Arts, Culture and Education (FACE), in association with Bipolar Films, Indus Blues documents the struggle of several Pakistani folk artists and craftsmen who are trying to keep the dying folk music alive. In the past, the film has won multiple awards at international film festivals including Regina International Film Festival (RIFF); South Film and Arts Academy Festival 2018; Gold Award at Spotlight Documentary Awards 2018 and the 8th annual Guam International Film Festival.