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ANNUAL SIKH FILM FESTIVAL 2006

The following films were screened in the 2006 festival. Please click on the title of each film for more information.

Amal
Set in the bustling streets of New Delhi, "Amal" is a story about dreams being lived by the unlikeliest of people.

Chakar
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.

Continuous Journey
Continuous Journey is a complex tale of hope, despair, treachery and tragedy. It is a revealing Canadian story with global ramifications set in a time when the British Empire seemed omnipresent and its subjects were restless and seeking self-determination.

Dastaar: Defending the Sikh Identity
Presents the struggle of the Sikh American community against discrimination and violence caused by ignorance of an essential symbol of the Sikh faith - the dastaar, or turban.

Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
When a turbaned Sikh man is brutally murdered in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, a college student journeys across America to discover who counts as "one of us" in a world divided into "us" and "them." Armed with only a camera, Valarie Kaur encounters hundreds of stories never before told - stories of fear and unspeakable loss, but also of resilience and hope - until she finally finds the heart of America, halfway around the world, in the words of a widow. Weaving expert analysis into a personal journey and cross-country road trip, the film confronts the forces dividing a nation.

The Gold Bracelet
Somewhere in the rugged terrains of a foreign land, a man schemed, plotted and carried out a hideous and cowardly act that changed the world forever. Somewhere in the heart of America, a simple man living a righteous, pious life, raising his family with the fear of God in his heart, pays the consequences.

It’s Like Juggling
It's Like Juggling
is an insight into the lives of children and young people in the Scottish Sikh community and what it is like to be a Scottish Sikh. The film was launched in late 2003 surrounded by strong media interest, resulting in news features on TV and radio.

Kambdi Kalaai
The story revolves around Sikh-Diaspora. It is a depiction of the internal landscape of their psyche, state of mind and attitudes. Set up in the back ground of New York, the film explores how faith and human relationship mingle together to create an everlasting impact on the human psyche.

The Khalsa – Vision Revisited
Produced in 1999 in commemoration of the 300 th anniversary of birth of the Khalsa, this audio visual present s the evolution of the Sikh ethos and that dramatic moment in history: the birth of the Khalsa on March 30, 1699 at Anandpur. This Baisakhi, 300 years ago, was the fruition of Guru Nanak’s mission “as radiant as the Sun so dazzling...that it transformed the world for all times.”

Khamosh Pani
Set in 1979 Pakistan, General Zia-ul-Haq has imposed martial law and, within a few months, the country is decreed a Muslim state. Aicha, a well-adjusted woman in her forties, devotes her life to the education of her eighteen-year-old son Salim, in the little village of Charkhi, in the Pakistani Punjab. Salim is a quiet dreamer, but the fast moving political situation fills Aicha with anxiety, since her son is changing out of all recognition.

Minute Meals
Surinder, a mother of two whose life work has always been to support others may speak in English but still thinks in Punjabi. Her daughter, Ruby a girl from a different generation and way of thinking than her mom, does not realize the power and meanings of words. That is until Ruby calls her mom a “bitch.” Surinder secretly keeps this information to herself but forces Ruby into cooking lessons, with none other than herself as the instructor. These lessons become more than “life survival” skills and help define their mother-daughter relationship.

My Mother India
Patricia Uberoi, an Australian woman, married an Indian professor in the 60s and moved to his home in New Delhi. They raised three children there, but the riots and the anti-Sikh feelings led to her encouraging her children to move to Australia. A documentary about a multicultural family becomes a commentary on the events surrounding the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.

Nineteen Eighty-Four
This short film by contemporary British artists and twin sisters Amrit and Rabindra Singh explores the making and inspiration behind their celebrated painting (titled ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’) of the storming of the Golden Temple at Amritsar by Indian Troops in 1984, to present a personal perspective on one of the most tragic and misrepresented events in modern Sikh history.

Pala
The film is a profile of Pala, a storyteller from Punjab. It deals with the diversity of the centuries old storytelling and musical tradition of which he is a part, but a tradition which is rapidly on decline.

The Rise of Khalsa
In the entire Sikh history, the account of Banda Singh Bahadur has remained an enigmatic phenomenon for the historians. Most scholars have not been able to perceive how an illustrious Bairagi (ascetic) engaged in exercise of occult powers became a True Khalsa after a short but fateful meeting with Guru Gobind Singh Ji. 

Runaway Grooms
Runaway Grooms
investigates a disturbing trend where some
Indo-Canadian men travel back to India to marry, extort huge illegal dowries, abandon their wives and use Canada's laws to their advantage.

Saka Sirhind
Saka Sirhind is a movie based on the unparalleled sacrifice of two younger sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh. This is the saga of nine and seven-year old sons of Guru sahib, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh and Sahibzada Fateh Singh, who stood against the tyranny and injustice of the Mughal Empire. The sahibzadas remained steadfast and firm in their faith even when they were being bricked alive.

The Saz of Gurmat Sangit
The Saz of Gurmat Sangit is a documentary that focuses on the efforts being made to revive the Kirtan Parampara (tradition) of singing Shabads on Sikh Musical Instruments. Interviews reveal the history of Gurmat Sangit and talk about the personal initiatives of individuals in the Diaspora to learn Sikh Musicology.

The Sikh Next Door
The Sikh Next Door is a fun and entertaining video designed to introduce 6th through 12th graders to Sikhs. Produced in a quick-paced, broadcast television style and told through the voices of four Sikh youth, this short film is a video resource that demonstrates the bicultural lives of Sikh Americans and engages students in a discussion about multiculturalism.

The Sikhs: Part One
This is the first of a two-part landmark documentary commissioned by the BBC to mark the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. It paints a vivid and compelling portrait Of the Sikh community worldwide. The series was filmed in India, the UK Canada and USA and was over a year in the making.

Sikhs and Turban
This documentary is focus on Sikhs, a distinct group of people, and the Turban, which forms an integral part of their identity.

Stringing Pearls in the Valley of Divine Peace – Baru Sahib
This documentary traces the history of those extraordinary humans - Sant Attar Singh and Sant Teja Singh, who dreamt about a unique institution where modern contemporary education could be combined with Gurmat studies and be imparted to future generations of Sikhs and non-Sikhs.

Sunny the Proud Sikh
First-Ever Cartoon in the Sikh religion to teach the basics of Sikhism. This 3-D cartoon is the story of a 7-year old Sikh American boy who learns about his faith and beliefs and becomes stronger and more confident to survive in this western society with his unique appearance.

Train to Pakistan
The movie based on a novel written by Khushwant Singh's, written in the early 1950s, traces the painful paths of partition. Though set in a small village somewhere in Punjab, the experiences shared by the villagers were true of most places in the region at that time.

Waterborne
Leading the way in what promises to be a prominent genre in the near future, Waterborne addresses what used to be a hypothetical situation: a highly populated urban center under terrorist attack. Contains scenes of violence and strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.

We are Sikhs
We Are Sikhs is an educational documentary which gives a brief introduction of the Sikh religion and shows how Sikhs have integrated into the American society.

A Winter Tale
An account of six days spent with the filmmaker’s maternal grandmother at her house in Delhi during the winter of 2004.

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