Sikhs in Italy are playing a vital role in the art of making Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Chapman University's Film school holds an annual Sikh Film Festival that brings awareness and education to the community about Sikh's through the telling of their stories from around the world. Being accepted to participate in the festival is a complete honor and a highly competitive process among the documentary students that fill the school. So when these young students found themselves with the opportunity to pitch an idea to the film festival's director with only 24 hours notice, they knew all they needed was a story----but what they never knew was what a night's worth of googling would bring them and how they'd soon be on their way to Italy only to discover the most captivating story of all.
The story of Sikh's participation in the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese industry in Northern Italy is one that is completely unknown. Many Italians are still unaware of the spot the Sikh's have filled, carrying forward the art of Parmesan as many Italians have abandoned work in the factories and farms and headed into the city. 3 students, Katie Wise (co-producer/editor), Devyn Bisson (co-producer) Dan Duran (cinematographer/editor) followed this story and stayed with a Sikh family in the small town of Cremona to get a privileged perspective on the Sikh's daily life in the farms and the community that has grown out of this practice, plus their balance of culture and tradition, religious ritual and family ties.
Now in post-production we are striving to do our best to honor the story we found and tell it on the scale and podium it should be told on, and of course that means needing access to funds we don't have. The money donated from Kickstarter will be used for post production. This will include paying for a sound designer, color corrector, and graphics artist. We greatly appreciate all donations, no matter the amount, and hope you will help us in telling this story. Thank you!
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Our main challenge is that this film is in 3 languages: English, Punjabi and Italian. Because of this a lot of the film will have subtitles which is something that affects how we edit. We are having to really determine how long each shot needs to be to make sure that the viewer has time to read the subtitles and look at the images.
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