Toronto Film Fest to Showcase Sikh Movies

October 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

A line-up of movies about the Sikh community is what the ongoing sixth global Spinning Wheel Film Festival (SWFF) has on offer, bringing together members of the Punjabi diaspora in large numbers at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto.

"This unique festival is the platform for the global Punjabi-Sikh diaspora to come together to celebrate our culture, values and traditions. Let us celebrate it in the modern way," said Australian music icon Dya Singh, who opened the festival with his unique blend of Sikh hymns and Western music Friday night.

Mainstream Canadian and Sikh filmmakers from around the world are showcasing their films at the three-day festival.

"We have chosen 28 films of the 150-odd that we received. They have been made by Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, whites and others. The only theme that runs through them is that they are Sikh-specific films,"' said festival chair Birinder Singh Ahluwalia.