The “Project S” program was launched ten years ago to address the lack of exposure to Sikhs in the mainstream media.
Through “Project S” Chapman University undergraduate/graduate film students travel abroad to film five to eight Sikh-themed films. “Project S” is a two-semester course, plus the summer. The Spring Semester is focused on pre-production, Summer Semester involves on site filming, and Fall Semester involves postproduction. The courses are taught by Chapman faculty and provide the students with course credit. It is a very unique program—no other university has anything like it. The classes have previously gone to Thailand, Malawi, the UK and Australia. This past summer the class travelled to France where they made five films. The films include topics such as an activist who fights against a French law that bans the wearing of religious symbols; a French man who was raised Catholic and converted to Sikhism; the story of a Sikh family who fled Punjab for France after the attack of 1984; and the first elected Sikh in France. These films will be shown on December 5th on the Chapman campus, and next year at our annual Sikhlens Arts and Film Festival which will be held November 19-22, 2020.