SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011: DOCUMENTARY
Canadian Soldier Sikhs: A Little Story in a Big War
Directed by: David R. Gray/ Edited by: Ian Hall
This film follows the process that the ten Sikh men would have experienced, through enlistment, training, and transport to France by troopship. It features the struggles these Sikh soldiers faced and the battles they fought, including those during which two of the men were killed. The film follows one injured soldier back to Canada on a hospital ship and to Kitchener's TB hospital. Images of his war grave and the story of how his war medal has survived bring a personal touch to the film. It ends with the story of the soldiers' return to civilian life, the tracing of their descendants, and the visit to the two European graves of the Canadian Sikh soldiers.
Director's Bio: David R. Gray is an independent researcher, writer, and filmmaker, specializing in the areas of local history and arctic ecology. He has written three books, created two Virtual Museum of Canada exhibitions, and has been a curator for several major museum exhibits. He was elected Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America in recognition of his contributions to arctic science. He has been scientific advisor for five TV films on arctic wildlife and has recently completed four historical documentaries, one on Arctic exploration, Arctic Shadows, and three on early Sikh immigrants, Searching for the Sikhs of Tod Inlet, Beyond the Gardens’ Wall and Canadian Soldier Sikhs. He is working on three new films.