In both World Wars over 83,005 turban wearing Sikh soldiers were killed and 109,045 wounded for the freedom of Britain and the world during shell fire, with no other protection but the turban, the symbol of their faith.
About our Film:
This summer Sikh Lens granted us the opportunity to create a documentary in London on the valor and sacrifice of Sikhs soldiers in both World War I and II. What intrigued us about this topic is that it is a piece of history that isn’t mentioned in the textbooks. The more we uncovered about these Sikh contributions to the World Wars, the more responsibility we felt to share this important piece of history.
Our documentary “The Lions of London” reveals the tremendous contributions of the Sikh community in both World Wars I and II. Sikhs are renowned as excellent fighters, dating back to their battles against the Mughal tyrants, and their bravery earned them the nickname of “lions” on the battlefield. The Sikhs continued this military tradition as they took up arms and joined the British in the fight for democracy in both World Wars, losing tens of thousands of soldiers in the fights for freedom. Their sacrifices and heroism are vividly remembered in “Lions Of London.” The shorter version of our film will screen at the Sikh Lens film festival November 22-24th 2014.
Why We Need Your Help:
We came into this project with a limited budget. To do the history justice, We as filmmakers and outsiders realize the need to incorporate other elements into our story. A project on this scale takes time and money.
With the 2014 centennial of WWI just around the corner, we have an incredible opportunity to share the untold story of Sikh sacrifices in both World Wars. We need your help to get our film to reach it's full potential and be considered worthy to screen at world wide events for the centennial of World War I.
Your donations will go directly towards:
- travel costs
- post production fees such as animation, graphics, and music.
Thank you so much for visiting our page! We really appreciate your support.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge of this film, or any film based on such vast history, is how to get a holistic sense of the history at large while not losing a personal connection to the individual people who are carrying our story. This story is one that is full of so many rich and fascinating elements. We couldn't be more excited about that. At the same time, we must be steadfast in focusing in only on the details which are crucial to the film and its ability to impact people, both universally and individually.
Secondly, we recognize that we are two white females telling the story of Sikhs. This poses the challenge of cultural misrepresentation, false assumptions, or unintended biases. The fact is that we're not Indian, and though we went to London to shoot this film, that does not make us experts on the topic by any means.
We will use the resources available to us to recount the history of the contribution of Sikhs in the World Wars.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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