Spinning Wheel Film Festival

October 17, 2006

Source: Sikh News Network


The International Spinning Wheel Film is a Celebration of Sikh Identity and culture. The Festival will be held for the first time in South Florida, in conjunction with Jago Miami 2006, (www.jagomiami.com). Sikhism, the youngest of the world religions, is barely five hundred years old. Its founder, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469. Guru Nanak spread a simple message of "Ek Ong Kar": we are all one, created by the One Creator of all Creation. This was at a time when India was being torn apart by castes, sectarianism, religious factions, and fanaticism. He aligned with no religion, and respected all religions. He expressed the reality that there is one God and many paths, and the Name of God is Truth, "Sat Nam".

The Festival will debut showing 10 films ranging from determined documentaries to comical compositions. The main themes focused in the Festival are, Sikh Identity and Sikhs in the Media. The goal of the Festival is to spread awareness of the religion and culture of Sikhism, especially to fight against the post 9/11 discrimination faced by many Sikh Americans. The Festival will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

Punjabi music is ever popular in the western world today, with the powerful beats of the dhol and the unheard of tunes from the villages of Punjab. Bol Punjab De is a short film that portrays music from Punjab through the eyes of non- resident Indians. Another film pertaining to Sikhs in the media is Singh is King, which is a short musical montage of various Sikhs and they’re many contributions to the world.