In Pakistan a rock star teaches a group of girls to express themselves through music in Karachi’s most volatile district. Hamza Jafri travels in an armed vehicle. He is a musician famous for his hard hitting political lyrics since the 1990s. Since then religious fundamentalism has been on the rise with shops selling music torched, concerts bombed and musicians threatened with death. Seeing the shrinking space for music and artists, Hamza opens a music school. Captured over three years, Lyari Notes is the narrative of four young girls who attend Hamza’s music school and learn what it takes to express oneself despite the cycles of violence.
Maheen Zia (Director/Co producer from Pakistan) – Her documentary work has aired both locally and internationally on Al Jazeera and Nat Geo. In 2008 she received the Berlin Today Award for her short fiction film Match Factor. In 2015, her first feature length documentary Lyari Notes, which she co-directed and co-produced with Miriam Chandy Menacherry had its World Premiere at IDFA in the Panorama section.
Miriam Chandy Menacherry (Producer/Co Director from India) is Founder Director at Filament Pictures, a Mumbai based production house. She has pitched and produced award winning films that have been broadcast on international channels like the National Geographic channel, BBC world and Arte. Her last documentary The Rat Race weaves together the narratives of rat killers in Mumbai. It won the Mipdoc Co production Challenge at Cannes, premiered at IDFA and won the audience awards at Florence and Kerala. It is one of the rare documentaries to get theatrical releases in three Indian cities winning critical and popular acclaim.