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ANNUAL SIKH FILM FESTIVAL 2008:
The Sky Below
Director: Sarah Singh

The Sky Below paints a contemporary portrait of the India-Pakistan 'mind-frontier,' six decades after the two were parted. Sarah Singh explores the lingering commonalities, as well as the remaining possibilities for reconciliation based on the countries' interwoven histories, cultures and faiths. From both Pakistan and India, we hear first-person recollections from the time of Partition, as well as the views of former militants, politicians, royalty, ordinary citizens, historians and others.

From the shared, ancient history of the Indus Civilization, the people of the Northwest area of the Subcontinent have connections that go back millennia. In 1947, the partition of this region left a legacy of suspicion and a profound inability to reconcile this political divide. From Kutch to Kashmir and from Karachi to the Khyber Pass, some of the ground realities of the lingering fallout are explored; and also, if reconciliation is possible between two countries with interwoven histories…after 60 years of strained relations and the unresolved crisis in Kashmir. A former terrorist, politicians, royalty, citizens, historians, and others share their insights of the past, present, and future of this volatile, yet emerging, South Asian economic bloc.

Folk singers recorded live in their surroundings, found footage, verite and conceptual location shooting, contemporary and archival still photography are merged to emphasize the contrasted realities which compose this culturally connected, yet politically disconnected, region.

About the Director
Sarah Singh was born in India and has spent most of her life in the US. She is an artist, writer, photographer, and filmmaker. The Sky Below is her first documentary completed entirely on her own, with no other crew.

2007; USA; Running Time: 34 minutes

The Sky Below



Director: Sarah Singh
Director: Sarah Singh


Awards

  • Best Film Debut Award, Film South Asia
  • Nominee, 2008 Social Justice Award for Documentary Film

Production

Director: Sarah Singh