SAFF 2023 :: Sunday Matinee :: Afternoon Session 2

19nov1:15 pm3:25 pmSAFF 2023 :: Sunday Matinee :: Afternoon Session 2SUNDAY • NOV • 19 • 1:15 PM – 3:25 PM

Event Details

Afternoon Session 2

Morning Session 2 – Theater 2
Sunday, November 19, 2023
1:15 PM – 3:25 PM

Theater 2 opens at 1:15 PM for this session. Screening the films listed below:

The theater is located at:

The Frida Theater
305 E 4th St #100
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 285-9422

The content, selections, and schedule subject to change without notice.


Badlaav dives into a pressing concern shared by many within the Sikh community: the increasing detachment of the younger generation from the Gurdwaras. This compelling short film navigates the vibrant halls of the Gurdwaras, only to uncover a poignant absence – the dwindling presence of the youthful spirit. Badlaav underscores the widening rift between time-honored religious customs and the evolving aspirations of the contemporary youth. The film shines a spotlight on the Shabad Chowki, a tradition that resonates more than ever in today’s context despite being rooted in a history spanning 400 years.

But Badlaav is not just a reflection on the present. It emerges as a luminous beacon, illuminating the path forward. Addressing pressing concerns, the film proposes innovative solutions to mend the generational rift. It advocates for Gurdwaras to transform not just as places of worship but as dynamic community hubs that resonate with the passions and aspirations of young Sikhs. By weaving in modern pedagogies, encouraging candid conversations, and designing programs that captivate their interests, Gurdwaras can reclaim their pivotal role as hubs of community engagement and spiritual nourishment for all.


With minutes left before U.S. forces level a Mujahideen camp, a Sikh prisoner trapped in solitary confinement turns to his faith to make a daring escape.


Two friends meet again after ten years to reconcile, rekindle, and regret old feelings.

The Sikh Soldier

During World War I, a Sikh soldier endures the horrors of battle while fighting for the British Empire on the frontlines. Haunted by trauma yet filled with valor, he survives the Great War only to be met with further turmoil back home in India. Though promised equality and freedom for his wartime sacrifices, he returns to find his country still under the oppression of colonial rule and he must perform one more barbaric duty as a soldier.

A Turban and a Beard

In September 2001, a Sikh man was murdered outside his gas station in one of the first hate crimes against the Sikh community following 9/11. The family shared that the killer saw only his turban and beard. Nearly twenty years later, despite much progress, a disturbing new wave of prejudice and nationalism has emerged. What was once more covert racism has alarmingly resurfaced. To counter these narratives, the filmmaker aims to provide a window into his own cultural, religious, and social upbringing as a Sikh American. 


Kaur tells the story of a young Sikh woman who feels drawn to fully embrace her faith and heritage. Though women in the Sikh community do not traditionally wear turbans, she feels called to take the sacred Amrit initiation ceremony and don the turban herself. This decision does not align with her traditional father’s wishes, sparking familial conflict. As she perseveres in following her spiritual calling, she must find a balance between honoring her community’s traditions and staying true to her own convictions. This nuanced drama provides an intimate look at one woman’s personal journey of faith, identity, and finding one’s authentic self.

O My Beloved

This documentary celebrates Bhai Vir Singh, the father of modern Punjabi literature, on his 150th birth anniversary. Through writings spanning poetry, fiction, journalism and scholarship, Bhai Vir Singh revolutionized literary Punjabi and spearheaded a cultural renaissance.

He founded seminal institutions like Khalsa College and Punjab & Sind Bank that furthered Punjabi education and empowerment. Regarded as the greatest Sikh intellectual of the 20th century, Bhai Vir Singh earned tributes from Indian leaders for his humanism. Honored with top national awards, his legacy as a community trailblazer and literary pioneer continues to inspire and unite Punjabis worldwide.

The Sporty Sikh

The Sporty Sikh chronicles the thrilling adventures and inspirational journey of Amarjeet Singh, following his life of struggle and triumph fueled by a relentless passion for sports. Through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, we witness Amarjeet chasing athletic dreams despite discrimination and limited resources. This emotional rollercoaster illuminates his perseverance to redefine what is possible.

This session is free!

Come in and enjoy hours of free entertainment.


November 19, 2023 1:15 pm - 3:25 pm(GMT-07:00)

The Frida Cinema