SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2009: SHORT FILM
Director/Producer: Vandana Sood
Yellow cab drivers from South Asia navigate the chaotic urban terrain of New York and talk about their experience, post 9/11 as they interact with people from all walks of life. In particular Sikh taxi drivers speak of racial profiling and how their appearance leads to discrimination while Muslim drivers echo this when they say that terrorism is not linked to religion.
Listen to taxi driver wisdom from the vantage point of driving around in New York, witnessing immigration, terrorism and international politics. “God is One”, says the Sikh driver. Preaching universal kindness and unity is the spiritual need of our times.
Vandana Sood graduated with a Masters in Mass Communication from the Mass Communication Research Centre in New Delhi, India. She started her career as a camerawoman for the WHO film, “My Sister My Self”, screened in Geneva for the Health Ministers summit. In 2004 she won the prestigious Commonwealth Vision Award, presented by The Royal Commonwealth Society.
As a media Consultant at the India Centre Foundation, an Indo Japanese NGO focused on inter cultural communication, Vandana made several films to highlight the cultural legacy between the two nations and traveled to the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. Vandana facilitated and taught filmmaking to under privileged children in New Delhi as part of Plan International’s program, “Children have something to say.”
In the summer of 2006 she was part of the “World of Knowledge”, a UNDP program in Poland, delivering workshops on global issues. Vandana was the recipient of the “2008 Davis Project for Peace” for her project, “Stretching Towards Peace” in Serbia. Vandana has been teaching as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College and freelancing with The Music Theatre Group, New York and PBS’s Emmy award winning program, “In the Mix.”
Currently she resides in New York and is currently pursuing an MFA at Hunter College’s renowned Integrated Media Arts Program where she hopes to continue her search for meaningful media work which uplifts society.