Short Films Session II
Sunday, November 24, 2019
10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
All films in this cluster are under thirty 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’re over in a few minutes, continue to stay with you.
A short take on the essence and importance of food waste. Where India ranks at the highest for having the most undernourished people in the world, it is time to save every bit of food, and share with the deficit ones to build a better nation
Harike Pattan is a wetland situated near Amritsar in Punjab, India. The story takes place during the 90’s in Punjab when many fake encounters took place. People were brought to the wetland and silently killed. It was one of the worse human rights violations by the government.
India: The Forgotten Army
Over 100 years ago, nearly two million men in Asia were recruited to fight in the greatest war humanity has ever witnessed. India sent nearly 1.5 million men to fight alongside the British in World War I. When Britain denied the colony greater autonomy at the end of the war, the men were swiftly forgotten. There were Indian soldiers from remote communities, and it was the first time Punjabis and Tamils from Hindustan became aware of their shared Indian identity. Today, few remember their sacrifice. But their participation in World War I heralded the start of great change in their homelands. This film is an attempt to highlight their contribution in a conflict that changed the social and political map of the world forever. During World War I and II over 82,000 Sikhs were killed and over 100,000 were wounded.
The Lost Brotherhood
For many ages, a Muslim Rubabi had been given the responsibility of performing the kirtan (Sikh religious songs) at gurdwaras promoting peace and harmony. This story showcases the life of Bhai Naeem Tahir Lal, an 18th generation descendent of Bhai Mardana who renews this Sikh-Muslim connection focusing on the peaceful co-existence history, and Rubabies. Bhai Mardana played a significant part in Sikh history. Not only did he escort Guru Nanak on his travels, he also played the Rubab while Nanak sang his divinely inspired poetry.
Story of an International student from India studying in Canada.