Documentary | 2008 | 26 mins | DVD | Closed Captioning
Narrator: Sandip Roy
Grade Levels: Middle school and up
Beautifully shot in high-definition video, this documentary follows Sikh families in Yuba City, Sacramento, Fremont, and Livingston, California. SIKHS IN AMERICA provides a portrait of what it means to be a Sikh in the U.S. and examines their journey from immigrant farm worker to business owner within a single generation. The documentary shows how they balance their cultural traditions while also participating in the American dream.
The viewer is allowed a glimpse at this beautiful and distinctive culture through scenes from everyday life – a family sharing a meal and praying together in their home temple, an elaborate Sunday service at a gurdwara (temple), a wedding, a Sikh summer camp for children, the tying of a turban, and an exciting sport called Kabbadi, similar to American football.
The documentary is narrated by NPR Radio host Sandip Roy.
The DVD includes extras about Sikhism and a producer interview.
This program was produced by KVIE for its ViewFinder series, funded by Allied Insurance, SAFE Credit Union, The Punjabi American Heritage Society, and the Center for Asian American Media.