Sikhs Across The World I
Saturday, November 23rd
5:15 PM – 7:15 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.
1984, When The Sun Didn’t Rise
After the death of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, people turned hostile and started killing Sikhs everywhere in Delhi and other parts of India. Violence took place for four days until Indira Gandhi was cremated. By that time approximately 30,000 Sikhs were killed all over India.
Every evening Sikh women from the “Widows Colony” share their lives. They are nestled away from the so-called developed Metropolis New Delhi to a rehabilitated colony because their men and family members were killed in the massacre of 1984. The film takes an observational approach to the lives of three women and a young man and how they deal with lost identity and the emotional trauma of a loss in a positive and strong way.
“Afternoon Tea” illustrates the clashes between two different cultures and generations as a grandfather whose cultural beliefs lock love away until a little boy comes into his life.
Excerpts from “Riding the Tiger”
These excerpts are from a documentary about three days during which filmmaker Michael Singh and his brother and their friends harbored 23 Sikh women and children, saving their lives from murderous Hindu mobs who roamed the streets of New Delhi burning Sikhs to death. An inspiring triumph of courage in the face of hatred and violence, Riding the Tiger takes viewers on an unforgettable journey.
Time To Go To Sleep
Time to Go to Sleep is a film exploring themes of social ostracism, and acts of terrorism. Are they linked? Are they preventable? And is there something we as a people can do to help? The film is based on two issues that deeply affected the filmmaker while living in America. One being the regular mass shootings, and the other being how Sikhs are bullied and harassed for looking like terrorists.