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Filmmaker Sarkar writes "Have you heard about our successful screenings of DVD "MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Discovering Sikh Neighbors". Winner of three first prize awards for documentary...it is the first film produced for mainstream America and part of a series of "getting to know the cultural and religious backgrounds of multicultural ethnic minority neighbors" in today's pluralistic society.
The 40-minute DVD documentary film is hosted by 22-year old Amanda Gesine, discovering her Sikh neighbors after 9/11 for the first time. She never had a Sikh friend in school or college and felt that racial profiling starts with ignorance and fear.
Visit our website, Cultural Diversity for more information where you can review three minutes of the film via streaming video.
DVDs are available for institutional Library Distribution $250.00 (copy of DVD or VHS, including written material/questionnaire, reviews) for the classroom and auditorium teaching of ethnic media, multicultural communications, divinity and comparative religions, modern and Asian anthropology, South Asian studies, human rights, tolerance, racial equality, etc. recommended for the attention of the Librarian.
We have requests for screenings of MISTAKEN IDENTITY-A 9/11 Story as "A Celebration of Cultural Diversity" for mainstream Americans, Canadian and British viewers. Especially, in places where there are large communities of Sikhs.
The film has a strong impact on informing and educating the non-Sikh population in North America (US and Canada) where screenings demand Q & A, making the event into a study on South Asia and those 20 million Sikhs in India. We have won three first prize awards at American Film Festivals and had the honor of being screened at the National Arts Club, Harvard University's Centre for World Religions and Wharton School at PENN University, to mention a few. It was successfully screened at the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada to commemorate the 5th anniversary of 9/11 with over 250 attendance.
Kathy Phillips, Student at California State University, Chico: "I was so glad to receive your film. I was preparing a presentation for one of my college courses for future school teachers entitled Equity in Education and my topic was on the Sikhs in Yuba City (I live nearby) and was surprised that there was very little video available regarding the Sikhs. I could only find two videos and they were lackluster and dated (1980s). Your film not only gave wonderful information regarding immigration and the Sikh religion, it also gave insight to the backlash of 9/11. My teacher was also impressed with the film and is ordering a copy for herself to use in future classes ... This film is a valuable investment for me to use in the years to come as teacher for my Sikh and non-Sikh students..."
Visit our website, Cultural Diversity for more information where you can review three minutes of the film via streaming video. We are available 7/24 contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 212-759-4568 (New York USA)
Background information on filmmaker can be found on the website, but it does not emphasize on academic qualifications: two MA degrees in Communications and Instructional Technology from Columbia University in New York (1980) and an ABD (All But the Defense) for doctoral thesis, having developed a film technique in teaching large illiterate populations adapting the script with their life-skills and producing dramatic TV programs.