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Sikh International Film Festival of Toronto -Films

Rebuilt

When 19-year-old Amarishwar Singh Grewal left India for a new life in the U.S., he was greeted by a society intrigued by his 'exotic' look and funny accent. After facing the plight of many immigrants of the 1950s, holding meager jobs and trying relentlessly to fit in, he went on to blaze trails as an eye-catching foreigner puttering around Fresno in a sporty convertible, wearing a matching coloured turban.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 2

Superfan Nav Bhatia

Few people can claim the coveted title "Super Fan". In this short biopic, we follow Mr. Nav Bhatia as he charismatically works with celebrities and conducts business through his undying dedication and continued support for the Toronto Raptors NBA Basketball team.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 2

Proud Mothers

Two mothers meet at a bus stop and put on their proud faces, boasting about their lives and sons' successes. Each mother's deceptive house of cards collapses when their boys show up to meet them at the same bus stop.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 2

Kathak in Motion

'Kathak in Motion' is a documentary directed and produced by Lakhbir Singh Sodhi. The choreography for this Kathak dance is by Sandhya Desai and the music is by the late Sri Atul Desai.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 2

Sikh Formaggio

This film captures the story of the Sikh community in northern Italy, a community that emerged during the time Italians were failing to continue the craft of Parmesan cheese making. The filmmakers take a look at who the future artisans of this craft will be and who the future Sikhs will be as they live side by side with Italian culture.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 2

Leaving our Mark

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is the nation's oldest Sikh American advocacy group. SALDEF's mission is to protect the civil rights of Sikh Americans and ensure a fostering environment in the United States for future generations.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 2

Rebel Queen

An emotional and lyrical telling of the dynamic tale of how Maharani Jindan Kaur, widow of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, almost brought the British to their knees before their treachery deprived her and her son of their birthright. Although only one painting of Maharani Jindan exists today, the filmmaker makes use of unique techniques to weave a compelling story.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 3

Lions of London

This story reveals the contributions of the Sikh community in World War I & World War II where their bravery earned them the nickname "Lions" on the battlefield.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 3

Tribute

Marking the centenary of World War I (1914-1918). A hundred years later, this short animation pays a "tribute" to a legacy long forgotten. A "tribute" to the Sikh Soldier(s) who fought in a different era, under a different flag. An honour to their valour, heroism, and sacrifice.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 1

Kush

Inspired by a true story, in 1984, the Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards. It caused anti-Sikh riots to erupt throughout the country. A teacher traveling back from a field trip with her class of 10-year-old students, struggles to protect Kush. He is the only Sikh student in the class from the growing violence around him.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 2

Riding the Tiger

Ironically, a young bi-racial filmmaker faces his Sikh heritage for the first time during the fateful year of 1984. This being, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's troops stormed the Sikh's holiest shrine, The Golden Temple, triggering yet more violence and tragedy. The parallel lives of the filmmaker and the Prime Minister intersect twice in this tale of cowardice, courage, religion, politics, violence, and inspiration.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 3

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