Sikhlens, The World’s Premier Sikh Film Festival, seeks to provide an outlet for sharing Sikh heritage and culture with the rest of the world by creating awareness for work that is “Sikh-centric,” showcasing our talent, and instilling pride in our community.

Sikhlens seeks work from artists in a variety of fields, including but not limited to movies, books, music, and art. It creates appropriate avenues for this work to be shared with the rest of the world with the aim of getting more exposure for the presenters; and at the same time creating awareness about Sikhs.

Keep your eyes opens for more news on Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival coming November 22-24, 2019.

Accepting film submissions till October 22, 2019 for SAFF 2019

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We are currently accepting volunteers for the 2019 Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival. You must be 16 years and older, having your own transportation to and from the venues is preferred.

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Last Update: Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5:45 PM

Vaisakhi Celebration 2019

Come celebrate Vaisakhi at Chapman University’s Fish Interfaith Center in Orange, CA. This will be Sikhlens’ 5th Annual Celebration in which we use to help educate the students and the non-Sikh community about Sikhism.

Our Vaisakhi program includes:

  • Harbir Kaur Bhatia (“A Universal Message of Oneness From Baba Nanak to Guru Gobind Singh“)
  • Vishavjit Singh (“Vaisakhi: The Stories That Bind Us from 1469 to 1699 to 2019”)
  • Turban Tying
  • Indian Dinner (Dinner will be served outside, so please dress accordingly.)
  • and more…

Tickets are $15 each. Monies collected will help fund future Sikhlens projects like this. 


More About Our Speakers:

Vishavjit Singh is a New York City based cartoonist, writer, performance artist and creator of www.Sikhtoons.com. He got his spark for cartooning in the post 9/11 tragedy when Americans with turbaned and bearded countenance became targets of hate/bias crimes. For the past few years he has been traveling across the US with his Captain America persona armed with turban, beard and humor to tackle fear, anxiety, bigotry and intolerance. He hosts talks & keynotes on diversity, inclusion, vulnerability & story telling in schools, universities and companies. He gave talks at Google, Apple & NASA in 2018. He is the subject of a widely acclaimed short Sikhlens production, ‘Red, White & Beard,’ launched online in 2015. He has been featured in Facebook and AdCouncil campaigns. His message and work has been covered by a number of news outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, BBC, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, The Guardian and Time Magazine.

Harbir Kaur Bhatia comes from a unique and diverse background in tech and community organizing. As a practitioner of the Sikh principles and an entrepreneur, engineer, marketer, strategist, community organizer, activist, and producer & host have made her civic entrepreneur at heart.

The beliefs that “oneness amongst all things – unity in diversity – humanity as one race”, “women’s equality”, and “betterment for all” have been guiding principles of Sikhi in her life. Influencing her decision making and her approach to the world around her, community, the workplace, family and in life overall. Sikhi inspires her to strive for excellence and take part in bettering the world! Especially the strong themes of equality, women rights, service, and caring for our planet have encouraged her career, leadership, and community service, and engaging society.

One of the current areas of her focus are hate crimes and bullying. They have significantly increased in the recent years, more so against Sikhs, Muslims, women, and other minorities. Knowing that 67% of Sikh you face bullying at school, she strongly believes the numbers are significantly higher for all minorities combined. As a child, she recalls the prejudice, racism, and bullying faced by her family after moving to the US, as Sikh immigrants. Along with this, the conflict in belief and practice of women’s equality in society including body image, fitting in, participation, value and even her self-image and purpose in life. Today, she sees much of the same around her, maybe worse. However, the Sikh principles have guided and supported Harbir to be able to analyze and be strong proponent of celebrating diversity, promoting inclusion, supporting opportunity and equity, and women’s empowerment through activism, volunteerism, collaboration between public and private programs, education, media, and more.

She has been spearheading the Sikh awareness campaigns around the SF Bay Area and providing training and talks at schools, City Offices, Law Enforcement organizations, etc. As a part of the Santa Clara Cultural Commission, she launched the Commemorative Months initiative to increase awareness and programming around inclusion and diversity celebration top-down from the City administration and support bottoms-up change.

Harbir is Director of Community Benefit & Innovation at SiliconSage, founder of ooNee Studios: Media & Marketing Services Company, co-founder of the Digital Transformation Practice at Selectiva Systems, founder Joy of SEWA, and co-founder of EkOnkar Bridges. Her education includes a Masters in Engineering and Bachelors of Electrical Engineering.

She believes and strives to be ”a tide that raises all boats”, whether it’s women’s rights, human rights, social or environmental justice. Harbir serves on a variety of boards and organization such as Santa Clara Cultural Commission, Board of SC Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Committee, The Women’s Forum, SC Library Foundation Board, Joy of SEWA Advisor, TiECon Leadership Team, Rotary, Advisory Board of Women’s March Bay Area, and others. She has received multiple awards for her leadership and service, “The Community Hero Award”, “Women’s Empowerment: Inspiring Achievement Award”, “Distinguished Community Leader”, “Leadership In Business” and more.

Harbir is on the constant quest to create value, make things better and build community! — Sarbat Da Bhalla —‘Betterment for All’

Photo Gallery

Vaisakhi Celebration 2019 (2019-04-08)

Our 6th Annual Vaisakhi Celebration at Chapman University’s Fish Interfaith Center in Orange, CA. With speakers Vishavjit Singh and Harbir Kaur Bhatia.

2019 Project S Class Visit the Buena Park Gurdwara (2019-03-04)

An introduction field trip for our Project S students to see and learn about Sikhism at a local gurdwara. Hosted by Buena Park Gurdwara and lead by Habir Kaur Bhatia, Sikhlen’s Gurpreet Singh and Hansjeet Duggal, with Professor Michael Albright.

Sikh Float Build for the 2019 Rose Parade (2-Days) (2018-12-27 & 12-30)

Two days of float building prior to the big day on January 1st, 2019. Shot on Thursday, December 27th and Sunday, December 30th 2018.

SAFF 2018: Panthic Digital Voice Screening and Social Issues Speakers (2018-11-18)

At The Frida Cinema with Panthic Digital Voice and Social Issues panelists: Miliana Singh (LGBQT), Rebecca Arevalo and Sheriff Manny Cruz.

SAFF 2018: Creative Sikhs Panels at The Frida Cinema (2018-11-17)

At The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA we had 3 Creative Panels with moderator Michael Singh. Panel 1: Bhajneet Singh (Author), Amandeep Singh (Actor), Sundeep Morrison (Actress, Writer, Director). Panel 2: Harjus Singh (Director), Hansjeet Duggal (Editor), Salman Alam Khan (Cinematographer, Director), Harjeet Oberoi (Director), Satinder Kaur (Director). Panel 3: Mehakdeep Duggal (Fashion Designer), Jasmeet Kaur (Artist).

SAFF 2018: Opening Night (2018-11-16)

Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival Opening Night at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Friday, November 16, 2018.

SAFF 2018: Patrons’ Dinner and Celebration (2018-11-15)

Patrons’ Celebration and Dinner at Chapman University on November 15, 2018, including the opening of the 120-day art exhibition of “The Fabric of Punjab: Art of The Singh Twins” (SAFF2018).

Panthic Digital Voice in London, England (2018-07-26)

Panthic Digital Voice event on July 26th, 2018
At the Bath Road Radisson in Middlesex, England.

Honoring Sikh Soldiers of WWI & WWII (Portland, OR) (2018-06-02)

in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of WWI, 3 short films and a panel discussion on history of Sikh veterans of WWI in Oregon.

Vaisakhi Celebration (2018-04-16)

Celebrating Vaisakhi at Chapman University’s Fish Interfaith Center on April 16th, 2018,  with Author/Photographer, Amardeep Singh from Singapore,  writer of “The Lost Heritage: The Legacy in Pakistan” and “The Quest Continues: The Lost Heritage” and San Antonio Artist, Jasmeet Kaur.

Proud To Be Sikh II Screening (2018-02-17)

A Special North American Presentation of “Proud To Be Sikh II” at Dodge College Film and Media Arts, with a Q&A session with film executive producer Manjot Singh and production manager Robina Kaur.

Sikhlens’ Project S Students at Buena Park Gurdwara (2018-02-05)

An on-location class day at the Gurdwara Singh Sahib, Buena Park with an introduction to Sikhism for the new Dodge College students involved in Sikhlens’ Project S course.

Sikh Float Build (2017-12-28-29)

Two-day of photo coverage of the Sikh Float Build. Rose Parade 01-01-2018 Winner of the Leishman Public Spirit Award for Most Outstanding Floral Presentation from a Non-commercial Participant by United Sikh Mission Theme: Serving Kindness; Float Builder: Phoenix

Human Rights: : When Governments Ignore the Law Event (2017-12-07)

At Chapman University’s Fish Interfaith Center. With speakers Sukhman Dhami (ENSAAF) and Hansjeet Singh Duggal (Showcasing Crimes in Augmented Reality).