Sikh Film Festival to be held in NY

NEW YORK: The Sikh Art and Film Foundation will be holding its Seventh Annual Film Festival in New York City on October 22 showcasing exemplary masterpieces in film making, art and direction. The two-day event will offer a range of 12 films, dealing with heartrending Sikh stories across the globe, from both established and emerging filmmakers.

The festival will bring the immigrant experience of the Sikhs to the forefront with a diverse mix of short films. The glamour of the event will be heightened with glitterati walking the red carpet, a champagne reception and an informational Q&A. It will also provide an excellent forum to network with dignitaries, ambassadors, celebrities and corporate leaders. The exclusive films that will be unveiled at this event were selected to elevate ones experience of Sikhism; to teach and to inspire. The event will conclude with the Foundations annual Heritage Gala where awards will be presented to winners of the films.

Announcing the 2010 Festival and Gala, Tejinder S. Bindra, President of the Sikh Art and Film Foundation, said, “I am humbled with the encouragement and overwhelming response we are getting for our festival year after year. At only the seventh year of its inception the Sikh Film Festival has grown phenomenally. I feel much pride in witnessing the interest of young Sikhs in our culture and their enthusiasm in participating in this event. I hope they are inspired by our tradition and culture, and continue to make us proud Sikhs in society.”

Movie lineup

Vikas Khanna’s, ‘Holy Kitchens: A True Business’, directed by Dalit Singh, produced by Andrew Blackmore and Dobbyn Webberz, is about the religious tenet of providing free food (‘Langar’) through its kitchen temples, to all regardless of their belief. The film provides a historical perspective of the origin of Sikhism.

‘Harvest Of Grief,’ directed by Anwar Jamal and produced by Rasil Singh Basu, is a documentary that deals with a farmer’s suicide in Sangrur in south Punjab. The alarming agricultural scenario in Punjab has been caused by a chain of disruptive historical events and myopic government policies.

‘The Rebel Queen,’ directed by Michael Singh deals with how the daughter of an Indian dog kennel owner – Maharani Jindan – almost brought the British Empire to its knees, and the ensuing ruthless propaganda to fight her.
Among the movies that will be showcased on the second day are heart rending stories such as ‘Nothing is Impossible,’ ‘Cancer Express’, ‘Riding the Tiger’ and ‘Why? We are killing our daughters.’

Present among the panel of distinguished judges will be personalities such as Dr. Narinder S. Kapany (Indian born American physicist, widely acknowledged as the father of optical fiber), Robert Lupone (renowned American actor and artistic director both on stage, film and television) and Vicki Mabrey (correspondent for ABC News’ “Nightline”). Winners of the films will receive cash prizes totaling $15,000 by venerated Raj Babbar at the Heritage Gala.

Concluding the Film Festival will be a glittering Sikh Heritage Gala at the prestigious The New York Public Library at Bryant Park at 7.00 p.m on October 23rd. The evening will celebrate the rich heritage, traditions and culture of the Sikhs with a star studded evening of live performances, dance, art exhibition and auction. Live performance by none other than the bhangra sensation Sukhbir and Oscar performing choreographer Rujata along with DJ music will ensure the black tie event is fun packed and brimming with excitement.

Awards will be presented to individuals who have contributed towards this experience during the Heritage Gala. The honorees for 2010 Heritage Awards are Raj Babbar (for Vision), Padmashree Vikramjit S. Sahney (for Leadership), Arpana Caur (for Art).

India Post News Service

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