Over 550 years ago, Guru Nanak travelled across the distant lands of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Tibet, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka for over two decades on an altruistic pursuit to spread the message of the oneness of creation. To relate with people of diverse cultures and belief systems, he engaged in philosophical and social dialogue, and through the medium of words and music, he gracefully imparted experiential and spiritual insights, fearlessly challenged the binary constructs of society, and relentlessly opposed gender, religious, racial and class inequalities.
This film, about the farmers’ protests in India, exposes how the new farming laws passed have resulted in unfair policies against small farmers. It details how the laws affect them financially, as well as environmentally, and how the farmers have responded by protesting. The lack of coverage by the media also demonstrates the bias of big media toward the government.
A young Sikh woman living in France learns to balance her Western, Punjabi, and Sikh identities. Growing up in the hardscrabble neighborhood of Bobigny, France, Anmol uses her education in order to create a path for future women of color to follow. In doing so, she realizes she must reconcile the meanings and expectations of being both Punjabi and Sikh.
Becoming Atma tells the story of Atma Singh, a French man who was raised Catholic and converted to Sikhism. Atma defines his own identity by being a businessman, a yogi, a father, and much more.
Ranjit Singh, a lawyer and activist, fights against a French law that bans the wearing of religious symbols in public schools and government building. As a result of the ban, Sikh men and women have been forced to choose between their faith and education and employment.
A day in the life of an American family comes to an abrupt halt on the anniversary of September 11th.
At the beginning of 2021, the United Sikh Mission initiated the installation of a 1.5-Megawatt Solar Power Plant at Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar. The mission was to ensure an uninterrupted and clean power supply at Sri Darbar Sahib and save 33% of its annual electricity costs. The first phase of the work, supported by Sikhlens, was completed in September 2021.
Aman (aka Almond Singh) is a 19-year-old micro engraver who is the Guinness World Record holder for making portraits on almonds. As we follow Aman on his artistic journey, we realize that artistic passions can lead to a fulfilling career, even though it may not be a traditional one. Supporting Sikh art can be a unique gift.
In an ode to the centenary of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, this documentary is weaved through heart-wrenching narratives from the descendants of the martyrs who have kept the stories buried deep in their hearts over the generations. Artists, authors, historians and researchers revisit the tragedy in the film and narrate how things have unfolded since then, through their work of art, writing and research.
Based in December 1984, Chaurassi is about a middle-aged Sikh couple living in Bhopal. Having lost many of their relatives and friends in the nationwide anti-Sikh carnage that started in Delhi, they are in a precarious emotional state. It is set during the nascency of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, which later was declared the fourth major tragic incident of the year 1984.
Jitt De Nishan: Signs of Victory is the life journey of Sikh couple Bapu Nahar Singh and his wife Jind Kaur who were bystanders of the revolutionary eras (partition of India-Pakistan 1947, Sikh genocide 1984 and Farmers’ Protest, 2020) in Punjab state. They lost their loved ones in these tough times, but they still stand in pride with the blessings of God to serve for the community.
Harbhajan Singh, founder of Samra Produce, is America’s “king of okra.”. The film details the story of Harbhajan Singh who came to Southern California in 1985 as a trained agronomist, with a master’s degree in economics. He saw California as ideal for growing the kind of Indian specialties that he ate as a child–okra, eggplant, bitter melon, and beans. His success reflects a broader reality in the nation’s produce market. As ethnic populations, and interest in ethnic food, grow across the country, so do the opportunities for entrepreneurs like Harbhajan Singh.
Sikhs lost their homeland when, in 1947, Punjab was partitioned and divided between two newly created nations, Pakistan and India. What would it feel like for Sikhs to visit the land their ancestors left behind in Pakistan, where the major portion of their historical, cultural, and religious heritage is located today? Join Sikhlens as they experience a flood of mixed emotions as they tour the land of their forefathers for the first time.
Shades of Indigo is the story of Bellingham farmers Sam and Rob Dhaliwal gives a glimpse of the Sikh immigrant story in Washington state.
Silver Lining showcases the journey of a philanthropic American Sikh (Rashpal Singh Dhindsa )and the United Sikh Mission towards establishing a mission to improve eye health-care to serve the underprivileged population in Punjab, India.
Film list is subject to change without notice.