Saturday Matinee 2019
November 23, 2019
Sessions Starting at 10:00 AM and at Ending 7:15 PM
A great way to spend your Saturday morning and afternoon – watching movies and meeting interesting people in the Creative Arts industry. And don’t miss a Live performance by Aman Batra. Over 9-hours of content to choose from, all with one ticket!
The Frida Cinema
305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Website: The Frida Cinema
Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Gurumukh Singh, his wife, and younger brother, Prem, live a fairly harmonious lifestyle in 1947 India. Both brothers open a contracting business and prosper. Prem gets married to Ratan Kaur and shortly thereafter Gurumukh becomes the father of Gurmeet. Their harmonious lifestyle is shattered after Ratan and her brother, Sukragujar, pit the two brothers against each other, leading to the closure of the business. Ratan takes charge of Gurmeet’s life and ensures he gets a good education. Years later Gurmeet has grown up, is in love with lovely Charanjit Kaur and hopes to marry her. Before that can happen, he loses his vision and may never get married, see again nor be able to look after his aged dad, mom, Prem and Ratan.
Director and Writer: Ram Maheshwari
Member of the filmmaker’s family will be present to discuss the history of the film and share film memorabilia.
Children’s Book Readings
10:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Sikh authors of children’s books will read portions of their books to children.
Authors: Bhagneet Singh
Readers: Natasha Kaur
Creative Sikhs/Live Performance
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Traditionally, young Sikhs lean towards careers in engineering, medicine, and IT, but as this cluster shows, there are many extremely talented Sikh artists worldwide. During the “Creative Sikhs” session, filmmakers, artists, and authors will discuss their careers in a panel format. Harjus Singh and Hansjeet Duggal, both Dodge Film School graduates, who have been involved in many of the “Destination S” films, along with Sahil Kaur Dhaliwal, Upneet Kaur-Nagpal, Lakhvir Singh, Salman Alam Khan, Teena Kaur, Ojaswee Sharma, Jagraj Wasan and Sareena Sandhu will discuss their film experiences. Artists Jasmeet Kaur, Priyanka Mac, Sarabjit Kaur Singh, Datti Kaur, and Kamal Sandhu discuss creativity in their respective careers. Bhajneet Singh discusses his new children’s book, Meji Singh, author of a new play, discusses “What it means to be a Sikh” and Aman Batra, a Spoken Word artist, performs some of her works.
Short Films Session I
5:15 PM – 7:15 PM
All films in this cluster are under 50 minutes. Each one displays great discipline in creating entertaining stories with a minimal amount of screen time. The result is some very startling and even stunning tales that, even though they are over in a few minutes, continue to stay with you.
Sikhs Across the World I
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
One of the most widely travelled minority groups in the world, Sikhs have made their home in over 100 countries. They all share one thing in common: a struggle to assimilate into new cultures while still retaining meaningful degrees of Sikhi in their new lives and the lives of their children. A fascinating look at various Sikhs whose stories will inspire you.