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SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010: SHORTS
Raising the Count
Director: Rick Lin

Raising the Count is a 10 minute short film which follows the SEVA – immigrant Community Advocacy Project as they work to raise the response rates of the under represented community of Richmond Hill for the US census 2010. Richmond Hill is an immigrant neighborhood of Queens NY that is comprised mainly of Sikhs and Indo-Guyanese.

The film gives the viewers a glimpse into the trials and tribulations of being community organizers. It follows them through the task of educating the community about their rights to be represented and their right to a better life in the country that they call their home. The film delves into the psyche of the community organizers to understand what drives them and why they do the work they do.