Flying Sikhs - A History of Sikh Fighter Pilots
21/2/2010 to 8/3/2010
Sunday 21st February
Location: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Birmingham, B6 4UU
Price: £5 (£4 concessions)
For tickets visit www.the-drum.org.uk or call 0121 333 2444
Sunday 7th March
Location: Phoenix Square Film & Digital Media, Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG
For tickets visit tickets.phoenix.org.uk or call 0116 2422800
"We owe our lives to those who wear the turban." - Winston Churchill
Flying Sikhs (click to view trailer)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 Japanese invasion of South East Asia. Included are interviews with the last remaining Sikh pilots from WWII.
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.
Produced by the Sikh Art & Film Foundation
The Prisoner's Song by Michael Singh (click to view trailer) - A Gripping Story of Sacrifice, Suffering, and Ongoing Injustice
In 1916 German scientists made an 80-second audio recording of a Sikh soldier captured at the Battle of Flanders during WWI. The starving soldier, Mal Singh, yearns to return to his home in the Punjab, the "land of butter and milk."
Retired Indian Colonel Perminder Singh Randhawa reflects on Mal Singh's fate, and locates his descendants still living in the ancestral village, and hoping to receive his long-forgotten pension.
Produced by Sikhpoint.com