Join the crew behind Discostan at 2220 Arts for the first Los Angeles theatrical screening of ‘Showgirls of Pakistan’.
If you’ve been following along, you may remember Discostan from their listening session at Neuehouse last summer that featured a deep selection of meditative and spiritual sounds from “Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay.” In the past months, Arshia and Jeremy have kept busy organizing shows across the country, curating radio programs, and supporting relief efforts in Afghanistan. Along the way, they also put out the second release on their label, an EP of edits by Moving Still and previously unreleased material from Pakistani-British ingénue Nermin Niazi’s groundbreaking 1984 synth pop album, Disco Se Aagay.
This Sunday, Discostan will be launching a brand new film screening series with the LA theatrical premiere of a riveting documentary from 2020, directed and produced by Saad Khan + produced and shot by Anam Abbas.
Showgirls of Pakistan: “Enter the universe of three mujra dancers in Pakistan as they dodge state censors and violence to vie for stardom. Intimate verite, phone calls, social media streams and home videos provide a never-before-seen look into the underbelly of the Punjabi theater business and the women who fight to play by their own rules.”
The event will take place at 2220 Arts + Archives in the Historic Filipinotown neighborhood and feature DJ sets of film soundtracks from Lollywood, Bollywood and beyond before and after the film.
Tickets are $15. Part of the proceeds will go to the dancers featured in the movie. Merch will also be available. Event is 21+.