ANNUAL SIKH FILM FESTIVAL 2008:
On Common Ground: Sikh American Cultural Awareness for Law Enforcement
Director: Sandeep Singh, Marketwise Communications; Producer: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
On Common Ground is an eighteen-minute police roll call film produced by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) for the U.S. department of Justice Community Relations Service.
The film provides an overview of the Sikh religious and cultural practices, articles of faith, places of worship and recommends specific protocols in the handling of revered religious articles of faith by law enforcement officials during non-emergency, non-crisis situations.
United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales remarked, “The film is designed to educate law enforcement working in non-emergency circumstances about cultural norms of Sikh Americans. It makes clear that Sikhs are an integral part of American society. I commend CRS, and I offer my sincere appreciation to CRS and SALDEF for their perseverance and creative effort in producing this educational film.”