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Sikh International Film Festival of Toronto – Films



Jot Singh Plants a Tree

The story highlights the importance of planting trees. Jot Singh, on his way to school notices a tree fallen over and after her mother teaches him the importance of trees, decides to plant a one in his garden.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 1



Jot Singh's Birthday

The episode brings out the tradition and values of celebrating a birthday while remaining rooted to Gurmat. Jot Singh started his birthday with Paath and taking the blessings of Guru Sahib.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 1



Jot Singh's Hair Wash Day

This story imparts a vital lesson about the importance of hair for Sikhs. Jot Singh who was reluctant to wash hair is inspired by his mother and grandmother to love and take good care of his Kesh.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 1



Jot Singh Nurses a Sparrow

One day on way to home from school Jot Singh brings an injured sparrow and nurses it. His mother dresses the hurt sparrow and Deep Kaur helped in feeding it over next few days. The story teaches us to care about all creations of Waheguru

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 1


Jot Singh's Keep the Earth Clean

Jot Singh and his friends visited amusement park one weekend. During the course of the day kids learn importance of contributing in keeping the environment clean. On way back they all clean the neighborhood park and feel very happy.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 1

Jot Singh's Deep Kaur's Birthday

Many friends came to celebrate Deep Kaur's birthday. Jot Singh grabbed a toy car when Deep Kaur was opening the gifts presented to her. She didn't want to part with her gift and in ensuing struggle the car was damaged. Jot Singh learnt an important lesson of being polite with others.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 1



Jot Singh's A Day of Learning

Jot Singh was little disappointed that Dadiji brought him a book from India. But as he started reading the book he realized it was indeed a very good gift. He thanked dadiji for such a lovely gift.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 1



Jot Singh's Visit to a Farm

One day Jot Singh went to Dadaji's friend Nihal Singh's farm. This was first time ever he visited a farm which turned out to be a very educating and fun experience.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 1


Roop Singh's Talking Cup

The story narrates the experience of a cup while a potter transformed it from just a lump of clay to an attractive cup. The story thus conveys a subtle message about how God, our potter has created each one of us beautiful the way we are.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th and Sunday Aug, 30th
Cluster 1


Roop Singh's 100 Gold Coins

The episode imparts a reflective message about presence of God deep within us.A Gursikh demonstrated to a King that God resides within us by using an example of stirring the milk till it becomes butter.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th and Sunday Aug, 30th
Cluster 1


Roop Singh's Secret Hiding Place

Roop Singh imparts a very basic yet crucial lesson about the presence of God everywhere. The message is delivered with a short story of brother and sister named Fateh Singh and Simran Kaur.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th and Sunday Aug, 30th
Cluster 1


Roop Singh's The Flying Ostrich

Another Roop Singh escapade that teaches the importance of accepting the way God created us. It's hilarious watching Roop Singh describe in his inimitable style a flying Ostrich and the havoc it creates.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th and Sunday Aug, 30th
Cluster 1

Chardi Kala

Kiranʼs artwork is an outlet for her. This painting she paints in the short film is a story on the Power of “Chardi Kala”. She shares her personal experiences with observations of the people around her, as well as referencing to Sikh history and teachings. She also draws her inspiration from these areas to form what she sees as a rounded out definition of “Chardi Kala.”

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Red White and Beard

A political cartoonist created the character after witnessing hatecrimes against Sikhs in India and the United States. He took it to a Comic-Con, sparked conversations there, and decided to bring it to life by having someone dress up as Captain America with a turban. On special occasions, the creator dons the costume and takes to the streets to destroy stereotypes.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2



#7 Days: All I Am Is A Homeless Person

A short film on the homeless mans’ experiences and message: "First Seek To Understand, Then Be Understood".

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Higher than Everest

Higher than Everest is a motivational film about Major Ahluwalia's story. He was a great Indian mountaineer who conquered the face of Mount Everest in 1965. Shortly afterwards, he fought for India in the war against Pakistan where he received a gunshot to the spine in the very same mountains he loved. Major Ahluwalia was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but he did not let this stop him. Today, he is the chairman of the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, a hospital that he built himself from the ground up.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Green Guru

The scriptures in the Granths have influenced nature and deeply inspired this project. ‘Green Guru’ focuses on the alignment of Sikhism and nature, by promoting a green lifestyle that is divinely inspired by the Guru Granth Sahib ji. Our short documentary showcases the values and principles of nature that have been carried down by generations to preserve and promote Guru’s teachings.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation

Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Ali Singh, a father and son team, are both free style popular wrestlers around the world. Their legacy continues and this time the mission is charity cause.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Bonjour Ji

Bonjour Ji is a short film that shows the stereotypes we hold about other races, religions and cultures are what decide our interactions with them. Bonjour Ji asserts that our behavior, driven by assumptions, is the real reason such stereotypes grow and spread.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Balbir the Barber

'Balbir the Barber' is about a Punjabi Sikh Sardar who opens a barbershop. Opening a barbershop as a Punjabi Sikh Sardar is taboo because it goes against one of the core beliefs of Sikhism, which is to not cut their hair. The ‘Turban in the Barber Shop' is addressed when one of Balbir's customers is a young Sikh male seeking a haircut for the very first time.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

The Struggle to Serve

For years Sikhs have fought valiantly in the American military, Bhagat Singh Thind, Arjinderpal Singh Sekhon, and G. B. Singh were amongst them. But things changed in the early 1980s, president Reagan instituted a new policy disallowing facial hair and headgear in the military, consequently barring Sikhs from service. The policy remains intact a generation later. However, Kamaljeet Kalsi, a doctor and Tejdeep Rattan, a dentist, are set out to prove otherwise.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Preeti and Sweety's Canadian Christmas

'Preeti & Sweety's Canadian Christmas' is a short comedy about two village girls from India who experience their first taste of Canadian life with their host Canadian family.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Charlie Singh

Bhangra expert and his team make short film on Bhangra – Charlie Singh. The film is quite different as it does not have any dialogues and the medium of communication is certainly music and 'Bhangra'.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 2

Sun

'Sun' focuses on domestic violence and alcoholism in the South Asian community. The film portrays a family that has spent years dealing with their alcoholic and abusive husband/father.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 3

The Royal Women Association

'The Royal Women Association' tells the story of a group of South Asian women in Calgary who have banded together to overcome the isolation and loneliness so common among older members of their community. The women break out of their shells and overcome their demons by sharing songs, poetry, food, and laughter at the group's monthly meetings. As they plan an event that calls attention to domestic violence in the community, one member, Sarbjit, tries to come to terms with the trauma of her own past.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 3

Where Have Our Girls Gone

A short film describes a young girl’s point of view on women's freedom through medium of paint art.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 3

Vishal

An International student in Canada struggles to survive in the new chosen land.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 3

Insight

Life sometimes puts you at a spot where making the right choice is the most painful experience. 'Insight' is a story of an elderly parent caught between his love for the family and the challenges faced by him due to Alzheimer's.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 3

Sikh Love

This short film sheds stories of love and family of how unknown people came together and formed a bond. Now, we look back to how it all started when they were young. Their hopes, dreams and aspirations and how it all came to be. A true testament to the family: true love, sacrifice, faith and hard work. These stories bring light to a community formed organically through a common goal of success through morals, values and principles.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 3

Heer

Heer is a little North Indian rural girl whose journey of loss and acceptance begins with her relationship to a baby goat.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 3

Seva

The documentary film 'Seva' intends to open a dialogue with cultural heritage from different perspectives. It elaborates a line from Guru Granth Sahib, "pio dade ka khol ditha khzana, tan mere man piya nidhana." The film's fulcrum revolves around the fact that heritage is to be transferred to future generations.

Screening Time: Saturday, Aug 29th
Cluster 3

Guru Ram Das Rakho Sarnaee

The film is a tribute to the life and work of Guru Ram Das Ji in an animation of wall puppets.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 1

Power of Nirbau Nivair

The film is about the concept of Nirbhau-Nirvair, the fearlessness and all-loving qualities of God and how each of us has the potential to achieve these ideals.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 1

Namaskaar

Namaskaar is a documentary exploring the meaning behind the simple acts we perform in the Sikh faith. This film aims to create a dialogue that helps the viewer develop a deeper connection by understanding the meaning behind Sikh protocols.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 1

A California Yankee in Guru's Court

This film depicts an American born man’s journey to becoming a bhai ji.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 1

Break the Silence

An uplifting piece addressing the sensitive and critical issue of bullying, in which determined and talented Sikh youth speak out.

Screening Time: Sunday, Aug 30th
Cluster 1

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