UK Premiere of Flying Sikhs - A History of Sikh Fighter Pilots
22/11/2009 to 22/11/2009
A documentary by Navdeep Singh Kandola
Times: 2pm & 3:30pm
Location: RAF Museum, Hendon, London NW9
Following the successful world premiere in New York, the UK premiere of acclaimed documentary Flying Sikhs - A History of Sikh Fighter Pilots will take place at 2pm on 22 November 2009.
Flying Sikhs provides an intimate portrait of the Sikh pilots who valiantly contributed to British success in both world wars. The history of the Sikhs who flew in the Royal Flying Corps, the Royal Air Force and the Indian Air Force has been forgotten, yet their bravery was recognised widely both within the armed services and the public during the dark days of the Blitz and the brutal Japanese invasion of south east Asia.
It was a Sikh, the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh, who first brought aviation to India. The first Indian to apply to fly in WWI was Hardit Singh Malik, the sole Indian pilot to survive the war. The film includes the only TV interview of Malik.
Also included are interviews with the last remaining Sikh pilots from WWII, Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh DFC and Mohinder Singh Pujji DFC, who are both now in their nineties.
Flying Sikhs was written and directed by Navdeep Singh Kandola, an award-winning filmmaker specialising in ecology, ethnicity and Punjabi culture in a career spanning over twenty years.