The Sikh Art & Film Foundation will present its eighth annual Sikh International Film Festival and inaugural Leadership Summit from October 13 to 15 at New York’s Asia Society. The festival will present more than 14 documentary and short films, featuring Sikh stories from across the globe, from both established and emerging filmmakers. Premiere films debuting include A LITTLE REVOLUTION, documentary director Harpeet Kaur’s gripping story of a rural village of Punjab where orphans of farmers have committed suicide which opens the Festival; and CANADIAN SOLDERS SIKHS, director David Gray’s chronicle of ten Sikh men in the Canadian army struggling through enlistment, training, and the battlefield. The short film program includes the world premiere of LET IT OUT, a music video addressing bullying in schools from a Sikh point of view; and the New York premiere of THE REUNION, about two Sikh friends and their different way of assimilating into American society. Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha (director of the international hit BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM) will be a featured guest during Sikh Heritage Week, including the Leadership Summit which will bring together leaders and mentors in the Sikh community and beyond to discuss the next generation of leaders. At the Heritage Gala which closes the festivities at Cipriani Wall Street on October 15, the director will receive one of the three awards given by the Foundation. The Sikh International Film Festival was founded in 2003 to create awareness and pride in the diversity, culture and history of the Sikh peoples. For more information on the festival and other activities, visit: www.sikharts.com
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