The Red Carpet at the Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival will once again be in-person on the campus of Chapman
The Red Carpet at the Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival will once again be in-person on the campus of Chapman University in Orange, CA. The festival opens on Friday, November 18th at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts’ Folino Theater. Aman Batra will host the evening. Dean Stephen Galloway will welcome the audience and introduce the Project S film Uprooted. Karen Dosanjh will introduce one of our latest Destination S films Hidden Histories: Pioneer Sikhs in Canada. We will also screen the premiere of the film The Okra King and a short film of the animated American Sikh project. Our animated feature film Supreme Motherhood: The Journey of Mata Sahib Kaur culminates this exciting evening.
Doors open at 6:30 PM. Show starts at 7:00 PM
Location (Friday Night Only):
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Folino Theater – Chapman University
283 N. Cypress St.
Orange, CA 92866
Website: Dodge College – Chapman University
Dress code: Indian formal Maharaja and Maharani Attire; Western Formal; Dress to impress.
RED CARPET NIGHT HOST: AMAN BATRA
Aman K. Batra is a Punjabi-American poet from Artesia, CA. She is a TEDx speaker, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and has toured colleges, universities, and poetry venues across the country. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Creative Writing, and is currently obtaining her MFA in poetry from Antioch University. Aman’s poetry is heavily tied to her commitment as an educator and an activist. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, All Def Poetry, Button Poetry, Vibe, Bustle, and Fight Evil With Poetry – Anthology. For more, follow her on socials @amankbatra and her website: amankbatra.com.
WELCOME MESSAGE BY DEAN STEPHEN GALLOWAY
Stephen Galloway joined Chapman University this year as the Twyla Reed Martin Dean of Film and Media Arts at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Dean Galloway is best known for his role as executive editor and producer at The Hollywood Reporter. He created and produced series such as “The Hollywood Masters “and the “Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter,” available on Sundance TV and Hulu. Galloway graduated from Cambridge University and came to America on a Harkness Fellowship (the British version of a Rhodes Scholarship). After studying at the American Film Institute’s Conservatory, he worked in film and television both in the U.S. and France before joining The Hollywood Reporter where he has served for almost 30 years.
Over the past decade, Dean Galloway worked to bring in and support diversity in the entertainment industry. Through a partnership between The Hollywood Reporter and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, he created the award-winning Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, which pairs high school juniors from schools in South Central Los Angeles with top-level women in film and TV. More than 250 teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds have participated in this program and gone on to college, helped by more than $10 million that Stephen has raised in scholarship money.
Karen Dosanjh is a Canadian-born historian and author of Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC which captures a pivotal time in our collective history. Through her extensive research on early Sikh settlers and their families, Karen documented and preserved the forgotten voices of the first wave of migrants from Punjab, India to Canada in the early 1900s. Her book chronicles the historic milestones for Sikhs in Canada and uncovers dark times such as the racial barriers they faced as they persevered to establish their families in their new homeland. Untold Stories leaves a legacy to educate and inspire future generations about the journey of the Indian diaspora and the significant contributions they made to chart a path to Canada and the US. Karen has worked tirelessly to bring Sikh-centric stories to students who greatly benefit from culturally significant content in their classrooms.
Preserving pioneer history is in her blood as Karen’s forefather Gian Singh Johal migrated to Canada in 1906 to establish her paternal family’s longstanding roots in Canada. Her husband’s paternal grandfather Narain Singh Dosanjh migrated in 1907 and grandmother, Maha Kaur Dosanjh in 1929, becoming one of the first five Sikh families to reside in New Westminster, BC.
Karen has built an esteemed reputation as a trusted professional and expert in marketing, communications & public relations throughout her 25-year career. As Vice-President, Marketing & Communications, Karen leads the global strategy for OSI Digital, a leading provider of business and technology solutions for Fortune 500 companies around the world.
Karen collaborated on producing a documentary with Sikhlens which was filmed in British Columbia, Canada. Hidden Histories: Pioneer Sikhs in Canada will be featured at this year’s Sikhlens Arts and Film Festival.
Films to be screened at Red Carpet Night include:
UPROOTED tells the story of one Sikh family who fled Punjab for France after the attack of 1984. Years later the country they once found solace in has enacted a turban ban, which forces the family to fight for the right to express their Sikh identity.
Karen Dosanjh’s book Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC (British Columbia) has been adapted into a documentary. Hidden Histories: Pioneer Sikhs in Canada showcases the historic milestones of the first South Asians who migrated from India to Canada. The documentary covers the arrival of South Asians in the early 1900s and the rampant anti-Asian sentiments they faced to the key events that led to the disenfranchisement of the early settlers. It also reveals the untold stories of Canadian immigration bans and other discriminatory actions that hindered the basic citizens’ rights of the South Asian pioneers.
Harbhajan Singh, founder of Samra Produce, is America’s “king of okra.”. The film details the story of Harbhajan Singh who came to Southern California in 1985 as a trained agronomist, with a master’s degree in economics. He saw California as ideal for growing the kind of Indian specialties that he ate as a child–okra, eggplant, bitter melon, and beans. His success reflects a broader reality in the nation’s produce market. As ethnic populations, and interest in ethnic food, grow across the country, so do the opportunities for entrepreneurs like Harbhajan Singh.
AMERICAN SIKH PROJECT
Eight years after the Project S film Red, White and Beard Chapman film graduate Ryan Westra collaborates with the subject of the film Vishavjit Singh in the making of the animated film American Sikh.
SUPREME MOTHERHOOD: THE JOURNEY OF MATA SAHIB (ANIMATED)
Supreme Motherhood: The Journey of Mata Sahib Kaur is a visual, musical, and historical masterpiece that will be screening at Sikhlens 2022 film festival. This pioneering animated movie reveals the untold epic life story of Mata Sahib Kaur (forever immortalized as the Mother of the Khalsa). After her husband, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, departed from Earth, he left her in charge of the Khalsa nation for 40 years. The movie explores her spiritual and temporal leadership qualities, as well as the socio-religious contributions she made to society during the oppressive Mughal reign of the 17th Century, which was one of the most turbulent times the country has ever witnessed.
Programming is subject to change without notice.
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(Friday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts283 N Cypress St, Orange, CA 92866Chapman University