Nusrat Has Left the Building... But When?

Farjad Nabi
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No Dialogue, 20 min, 1997, Pakistan

This is a film made about the metamorphic career of late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the famous Sufi qawwali singer from Pakistan. The film departs from the popular version of Nusrat and goes back to his early roots in pure Sufi music, before and after he exploded on the international scene. Nusrat's metamorphosis from a genuine popular artiste to mass produced exotica of the east left behind many disillusioned listeners and devotees in its wake. Perhaps for the first time this film gives voice to the other side of the song.

Muhammad Nafees
Creative Crew
Muhammad Nafees
Amir Nawaz
Tehsin Ahmad
Writer: Farjad Nabi, Light: Muhammad Nafees, Animation & Artwork: Ahmad Ali Manganhar
Awards and Screenings:

International Premiere and award at Film South Asia, Kathmandu, 1997

European Premiere at International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1998
Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany, 1998
Travelling Film South Asia
Tour of North America, Europe and South Asia, 1998-99