Sunday, September 25, 2005

Sikh documentaries...

1) Khalsa: A historical film in Punjabi with English subtitles. A humble tribute to all Guru Sahibaan & Great Sikh Martyrs who laid their lives for the principals of Sikhism and to protect the self-respect of Humanity
2) The inseparables: documentary about the relationship of a Sikh with his turban from an historical and religious perspective
3) Prakash Sri Guru Granth Sahib: a documentary film about the uniqueness of Sri Guru Granth Sahib
4) My Mother India: a powerful tale of love and hate, exile and belonging, loss of identity and return of faith
5) Kaya Taran: Sashi Kumar explores the consequences of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots at the individual and social levels through the prism of Gujarat 2002
6) The Sikh Next Door: this short film is a video resource that demonstrates the bicultural lives of Sikh Americans and engages students in a discussion about multiculturalism
7) Continuous Journey: A beautiful essay by Candian filmmaker, Ali Kazimi, that unravels the complex and neglected story of the Komagata Maru and how a ship with 376 mostly Sikh immigrants from India was turned away by Canada in 1914
8) Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters): Pakistani filmmaker, Sabiha Sumar, tells the tragic story of a Sikh women left behind in Pakistan after the partition of India in 1947
9) Blade Battle: A stylistic rendition of the Sikh martial art, Gatka, in this short film by Canadian Pardeep Singh
10) Divided We Fall (Work In Progress): Valarie Kaur will present on her project to document the impact of 9/11 on the lives of ordinary Sikh-Americans
11) India: Who Killed the Sikhs?: An Australian documentary investigating the extra-judicial killings of Sikhs in Punjab during the 1980's and early 1990's.
12) Final Solution: This film by Rakesh Sharma is a study of the politics of hate. Set in Gujarat during 2002 and 2003, the film examines the phenomenon of organized violence against minorities in India
13) Legend of Malerkotla: A Tale from the Punjab - Filmmakers Iqbal and Anu Malhotra examine a small town in Punjab, Malerkotla, where Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs have lived in harmony for over five centuries.
14) Naam: Canadian filmmaker Pardeep Singh takes us on a spiritual journey to connect with the concept of Naam in this short film.
15) Punjabi Cab: Filmmaker Liam Dalzell looks at the harassment that Bay Area Sikh taxi drivers have endured since 9/11 and their resilience in overcoming these hardships.
16) Sewa: From Paris To Tapovan - Filmmaker Reema Anand tells the inspiring story of Sardar Bhagwant Singh Dalawari who has spent the last 25 years caring for leprosy patients in small village called Tapovan after a career as a Indian Foreign Diplomat serving across Europe and Africa.
17) Sikh, Rattle & Roll: For Jas a big day is approaching which marks his passage into adult life, but his friend's jibes and remarks have made him fearful and apprehensive about his new identity. How will Jas relate this new look to his friends and his love for Elvis? A short film by Ekta Walia.
18) Sikh Street: Documentary charting the cultural impact on a typical English street over time as more Sikh residents move in over a half-century.
19) Sikhs And The City: This BBC documentary offers a rare and entertaining portrait of one of Britain's biggest, but least understood, faith communities. It's actually a day-in-the-life snapshot of Britain's Sikhs, as they celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Guru Granth Sahib.
20) Turning Points: Storming The Temple: This piece by Christine Nielsen is a poignant study of the events that led up to the infamous massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs in 1984. The documentary examines the cultural tensions that existed in India in the early 1980s and it probes the concept of violence cycles.
21) Unheard Voices of Punjab: Filmmaker Harpreet Kaur presents a documentary about the victims of Punjab who share personal encounters that they faced during the years of turmoil in Punjab
22) Amar Khalsa: The movie offers an insight into the mind of the 10th Sikh Guru who laid the foundation of the Khalsa to fight the evils and secure dignity of life.
23) Dharam di chaddar (The sheet of religion): project is an attempt to show a true picture of the circumstances in 1695 AD, leading to the sacrifice of the Guru Tegh Bahadur.

5 Comments:

Blogger BCSikhYouth said...

Vaheguru ji ka khalsa,
Vaheguru ji ki fatheh!

_/\_

It is our job to support the Sikh arts and help Gurmat-oriented productions more. Thanks for the post.

Vaheguru ji ka khalsa,
Vaheguru ji ki fatheh!

-Sevadars,
BC Sikh Youth .com
Sikhism | Community | Youth

Monday, September 26, 2005 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous SS said...

Bhenji,

Excellent list. Just in case you missed it (I couldn't spot it on your list so apols if you are already aware) there is an excellent Gatka movie made at Camp Gurmat that is available at:

http://www.warriorsaints.com/media/video/camp-gurmat.wmv

It's a really well made presentation.

Also, small world; number 18 (Sikh Street) on your list - I actually grew up on that street and our family were interviewed by the programmes consultants - but they did not include our contribution.

I should point out that I'm not the biggest fan of that programme and thats not because we're not in :-) But so it goes.

And no I'm not expanding on the above comment ;-)

But I do intend to write about my grandfather in a future entry on my blog; he came to the UK in the 1950's and moved into that exact same street (actually it's a road). My family still lives there!

I especially appreciate the nature of your site and find your "About Me" section to be very honest and moving.

Thanks for sharing. Please keep sharing.

GurFateh

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous SS said...

Oops the link in my comment above is too long for the width of the field.

Just go to

http://www.warriorsaints.com/media/

and you'll spot it.

GurFateh

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger upinder kaur said...

Excellent Job!

Thursday, September 07, 2006 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger SikhsRus said...

You can order Amar Khalsa online from Visvaad's webwite. They also produced animated Sahibzaade and Rise of Khalsa. Only problem, I ordered Sahibzaade and Rise of Khalsa in May/June, but got Sahibzaade and Amar Khalsa instead. I sent them an email for correction and offered to send the Amar Khalsa back. I was told via email that they would send me Sahibzaade, and I won't have to return Amar Khalsa. That was about two months ago, and I have not reecived it yet. I let you know if I ever receive it.

About Sikh next door, I think you can purchase it from the website called www.Sikhnextdoor.com

I saw Punjabi Cab and Divided we Fall during last Spinning Wheel film festival in Bay Area. They are excellent.

Thursday, September 14, 2006 12:23:00 PM  

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