ANNUAL SIKH FILM FESTIVAL 2006:
Energized by the beauty of reality, life, the movement and syncopation of rhythm, transportation, mobility, and the ‘beat’ that is Punjab.
Chakar is a short film, the film incorporates the Punjabi Folk Song "Gallan Guria" and is syncopated to the movement, (shown in clips and single frames) of the video. The film is a lyrical look at rhythm in Punjabi life. These ties can be seen in the clips which represent the reality of life and living in Punjab. This film was shot in some of the largest cities of Punjab Amritsar, Ludhiana, Moga, Mansa, and in the smallest villages Duneke, Diwarana, Zira, and Khalia. These scenes represent Punjabi culture, and the diaspora of ‘livity’ in Punjab. In the pind Khalia my family is the custodian of a Gurdwara that was founded by Guru Arjun Dev Ji. The shots of the Gurdwara are the last frames of the film.Biography: Navjeet Singh Chhina: Adjunct Faculty, Computer Graphics Corcoran College of Art and Design. MFA, Fine Art, Howard University; BFA, Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University; A painter and filmmaker; he has instructed classes at the Art Institute of Washington, and Maryland College of Art and Design. Solo and group exhibitions in India , New York , Newark New Jersey , Washington D.C. and Richmond Virginia. His mural works are part of the Smithsonian National Natural History Museum's permanent collection and can be seen in The exhibit "Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab." In 2005 he was included in the Museum Film by the Smithsonian What does it mean to be a Sikh?
Directed by Navjeet Singh Chhina
Running Time: 6 minutes