Sikhlens Kicks Off 2010 Sikh Art & Film FestivalDate: Wednesday, 17 November, 2010
SikhLens is proud to announce the 2010 Sikh Art & Film Festival Opening Celebration, taking place at 7:00pm on November 19, 2010 at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
A grand sequence of events awaits guests as we open the weekend with beautiful Maharaja and Maharani flair and style. Attendees will be greeted with a red carpet welcome at this premier Sikh event of Southern California. The celebration will move indoors to the theater and Mirin Kaur will take to the stage to officially open the 2010 festival with an Educational Cultural Safari discussing California Legislature Bill ACR181, which declares November 2010 as the Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month.
The first film cluster of the festival will feature the following short inspirational films:
• Aao Ji, directed by King G, is a vibrant and groundbreaking music video featuring non-Asian artists from different countries. The voices of Anita Lerche, Yaz Alexander, Kiureli Sammallahti combine in a rich tapestry to create this beautiful multi-cultural Bhangra track.
• Wagah, directed Supriyo Sen, looks through the eyes of three children who sell DVDs of the parade that takes places every evening at the Indo-Pak border. With a dream of crossing the border, they remain quite unmoved by all the ‘patriotic' madness around them.
• The Reunion, directed by Angad Bhai, takes a look at two Sikh friends with a common background, who reunite after several years. One has cut his hair after being brutalized during a hate crime, and the other has maintained his unshorn hair since birth. This is a world premiere event.
• Nothing is Impossible, directed by Nina Duttaroy, is a portrait of the admirable Fauja Singh, a 99 year old long-distance runner. He holds the record for the fastest marathon for runner over 90 years old, and defies preconceived notions about age with a twinkle in his eye and an infectious zest for life.
Following the film cluster, SikhLens will premiere the SikhPoint 2011 calendar, displaying the beautiful art of Creative Sikhs panelist K.P Singh. Dessert fit for a king will be provided by Manohar's Delhi Palace and guests can enjoy musical excellence from Needle Free Pugs entertainment, as we conclude the night with a dance reception.
"The Opening Night Celebration is a night full of beautiful Sikh art, culture, and heritage, which sets the stage for the entire weekend," exclaimed Ravin Kohli, festival co-chair. "In years past we've had as many as 800 guests attend the Opening Night Celebration and we are expecting just as large of a turnout this year. Purchase your tickets online at Sikhlens.com."
About SikhLens: Sikh Art & Film Festival
SikhLens provides an outlet for Sikh heritage and culture with the rest of the world by creating awareness for work that is "Sikh-centric," showcasing the talent, and instilling pride in the community. SikhLens seeks work from artists in a variety of fields, including but not limited to movies, books, music, and art. It creates appropriate avenues for their work with the aim of getting them more exposure. This also results in a better understanding of Sikh culture and values in an unbiased way.