This past Saturday evening, the Sikh Coalition along with the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle hosted a screening of teenage filmmaker Angad Singh’s documentary, Roots and Wings, at Gurdwara Baba Makhan Shah Lobana in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Angad Singh, a high school sophomore from Atlanta, GA, was in town for the weekend to screen his work-in-progress film about the struggles of Sikh youth in the US at the Sikh Art & Film Foundation’s Children’s Film Festival at Hofstra University. We decided to show the film in Richmond Hill as well to make it more accessible to youth in the community.
With almost 100 children and parents in attendance, Angad showed clips of his film (despite some technical difficulties) and spoke passionately about his path to becoming a director of a film at such a young age. The dozens of youth in attendance seemed inspired by how someone their age was making a movie. They all left with DVD copies of the film, and were encouraged to try and show it in their schools as a diversity teaching tool. One young Kaur was so excited that she asked Angad to autograph her copy of the DVD.
Hopefully Angad’s great work on this film will inspire more and more Sikh youth to become more active and get more involved in working for social justice, through film-making and beyond.
See below for a clip of Roots and Wings.