Friday, February 20, 2009

Sikhs in America - Mistaken identity

"MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Sikhs in America" - winner of 3 first prize awards at American Film Festivals six months after its release in the USA. Production started six days after 9/11, when the producers learned that Sikhs were being racially profiled, physically attacked and shot and killed simply because they wore turbans and beards for religious reasons and mistaken for Bin La Din and terrorists.

The film was produced to inform and educate Americans on Who are Sikhs, What is Sikhism and the contribution of Sikhs overseas. Unfortunately, due to the lack of distribution funds, the film has not been able to have theatre releases in USA, Canada, UK and India, nor worldwide TV and DVD distribution. Producers have screened the one hour TV program (mostly free) via DVD across Sikh gurdwaras (for the younger generation), in schools and universities in 33 U.S. States, Canada (House of Commons, Ottawa), and across the UK gurdwaras and British universities in Coventry, Birmingham, Leeds, London, etc. and in Belgium, France, Spain, etc., where there are large populations of Sikhs settled.

The producers are now appealing to the Sikhs in India to assist in sponsoring the premiere screening of MISTAKEN IDENTITY on Doordarshan TV in India, so that people understand the importance of informing and educating the world about Sikhs and Sikhism, especially the younger generation. It is very important not to forget Who are Sikhs, What is Sikhism and What the Sikh work ethics taught by Guru Nanak makes all Sikhs hardworking contributors living in the global village society. Young Sikhs need to be proud of their social, religious and cultural heritage.

Producers of "MISTAKEN IDENTITY" are also seeking funds to complete the triology: "SIKH WOMEN & FAMILY VALUES" & "SIKH ENTREPRENEURS," as 3-part TV series to be distributed around the world.

1 comment:

Jasmine said...

It's really very sad news that a good work can't reach it's goal for lack of fund. I think that the must be go on.