Student Film on Displaced Afghan Sikhs & Hindus

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WHO WE ARE

We are a group of passionate high school students that are a part of the first-ever, youth-run, online TV channel Nishkam TV. Our latest documentary project Baywatana: Without a Country, under the guidance of Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Harbaldeep Singh in collaboration with the Sikh Coalition had its premiere at Parliament of The World Religions Film Festival in Chicago on August 15th.

As we shared the film, we were approached by numerous human rights organizations, institutes, and universities with invitations to screen "Baywatana". This outpouring of interest reinforces the relevance and significance of the narrative we have woven through the documentary. 

This fundraiser is for a film being created entirely by the students of Nishkam TV. All funds raised through this page will go directly to NishkamTV for the development of this project; the Sikh Coalition is solely providing support, at the request of Nishkam TV.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

BAYWATANA, focuses on the journeys of religious minorities who have fled Afghanistan due to recent violence and political upheaval. Drawn from 175 hours of interview footage shot in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and India, Baywatana follows the stories of multiple families that are attempting to build new lives for themselves after experiencing discrimination, persecution, and violence in their home country. The response to the documentary at the film festival was genuinely humbling, as it shed light on the challenges faced by Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, who were compelled to leave their homeland and start anew in India, the UK, the USA, and Canada. After watching the documentary, there wasn't a single eye in the theater that remained untouched, as the plight of the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus community, once significant contributors to their countries' economies, moved every heart to tears.

 

Our next steps involve raising the remaining funds needed to enhance the production quality of the documentary. Currently, we are limited to digital rights usage due to our current funding. To fully release the film, we need to secure broadcast rights for the copyrighted material, hire a background music composer, and complete color grading for a polished, professional finish.

Please click the link to watch: Preview of the Baywatana documentary

Thank you for your support, and let's make a difference together!

WHY WE  HAVE PICKED THIS TOPIC: 

To tell the Untold Stories of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus

Afghanistan has a long history of persecution and discrimination against religious minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, and Jews. 

Attacks on minority places of worship in Afghanistan include the bombing of a Hindu temple in Kabul in 2010, which killed at least one person and injured several others.

This situation reached a tragic climax on March 25, 2020, when ISIS attacked a Sikh place of worship, Gurudwara Guru Har Rai Sahib, in Kabul, killing 25 people.

The recent attack on June 18, 2022, on the Karteparwan Gurudwara - a Sikh temple in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, left several people dead and others wounded.

 

  • 03/19/2024

    Baywatana screenings at multiple locations

    After the heartwarming response to our hometown screening of the powerful documentary Baywatana on March 15, 2024, our team is thrilled to announce that we are hitting the road for exclusive screenings in Virginia, Maryland, and Florida.

    Screening Dates:

    - Virginia: March 22 at 9:00 PM (Raj Khalsa Gurudwara)

    - Virginia: March 23 at 8:30 PM (Singh Sabha of Virginia)

    - Maryland: March 24 at 1:30 PM (Guru Nanak Foundation Of America)

    - Florida: April 7, 2024, at 1:30 PM (Sikh Society of Central Florida)

    Don't miss this incredible opportunity to witness the impact of passionate storytelling and support the voices of those whose stories deserve to be heard. Mark your calendars and join us for an unforgettable cinematic experience!

    Upcoming Screenings

    For more information about the documentary, please visit:

    [Baywatana Website](https://www.baywatana.org)

    To view our upcoming screenings and schedule a screening in your area, please visit

    [Baywatana Screenings](https://www.baywatana.org/screenings)

  • 01/25/2024

    Baywatana was screened at Sikh Film Festival

    On December 16, 2023 at Rubin Museum in NYC,  Baywatana was screened at Sikh International Film Festival 2023 followed by the Q&A session. The house was full and got an awesome response from the audience. 

    On December 17, 2024 Baywatana team was interviewed by Jus Punjabi channel in their Aaj Da Mudda program to talk about Nishkam TV and making of the Baywatana documentary.

    Currently team is working on the plans to screen the documentary in NJ, Florida and Boston areas. Also, the script to work on the Part 2 of the documentary.

  • 10/17/2023

    Baywatana screenings in California

    Multiple Screenings  and Fundrasing events in California Bay Area and Central Valley Oct 6 thru 8th:

    Very well received and everyone apprecaited the efforst Baywatana team has put in to bring the awareness to the world and sharing the untold stories of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs.

    Team visited Fremont Gurudwara Sahib, San Jose Gurdwara Sahib  and then went to the Central Valley and screened the documentary at Tracy, Livington and Modesto gurudwara sahibs.

    Team is still raising funds to showcase the documenatry worldwide to buy worldwide rights of the footage used in the documentary, to work on the Part 2 of the documenatry on Resettlemental to show the challenges refugee families faced and are still facing while settling down in in different parts of the world.

     

  • 09/15/2023

    Baywatana Screenings, Fundraising and Marketing

    Team is working on the upcoming screenings and fundrasing events

    Sept 30th: At The Harvard University, Boston MA.

    Oct 6th thru Oct 9th: Multiple Screenings are  being scheduled in California

    November 16-19: Have an invitation from Annual SikhLens Arts and Film Festival in Orange, California.

    Planning a screening in Long Island NY by end of October

    Team is been interviewing with local Newspapers, and other PR agencies to raise the awarness and the work done by Sikh Youth.

     

     

  • 08/20/2023

    Baywatana at Parliament of The World's Religions

    We wanted to share some exciting news and updates regarding our documentary project, "Baywatana: Without a Country," which you played an integral role in supporting. Your belief in our vision and your generous contribution has been instrumental in bringing this project to life.

    We are thrilled to inform you that "Baywatana" had its premiere screening at the Parliament of World Religions Film Festival in Chicago on August 15th. The response we received was truly overwhelming, and the impact of the documentary was evident as it resonated deeply with the audience. The emotional connections forged through the stories of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus touched the hearts of everyone present.

    As we shared the film, we were approached by numerous human rights organizations, institutes, and universities with invitations to screen "Baywatana." This outpouring of interest reinforces the relevance and significance of the narrative we have woven through the documentary.

    We are immensely proud to share this journey with you, and it's an honor to have your support behind us. Your belief in our cause has helped us reach this pivotal juncture.

    Our next steps involve raising the remaining funds needed to enhance the production quality of the documentary. Currently, we are limited to digital rights usage due to our current funding. To fully release the film, we need to secure broadcast rights for the copyrighted material, hire a background music composer, and complete color grading for a polished, professional finish.

    We understand the value of your contribution, and we would like to extend an invitation for further involvement. If you find it within your capacity, we welcome additional support. Additionally, if you have contacts who share our passion for storytelling, unity, and human rights, we would greatly appreciate any introductions you can facilitate.

    We are working on the plans to screen the documentary in different locations and would love for you to join us once those dates are finalized. For the time being, Please check out preview of the documentary: Preview of BAYWATANA

    To know more about the project: BAYWATANA PROJECT

    Please watch the trailer :Baywatana Trailer

    Thank you.

    BAYWATANA Project Team at PoWR 2023 (Left to Right )

    Suner Kaur Chopra, Jasratan Chopra, Jasjyot Kaur Nanra, Rajni Singh, Tanisha Kaur Kapoor, Simerpreet Kaur, Aekem Singh, Jaskeerat Singh, Sahej Singh and Harbaldeep Singh (in the center)

     

    06/28/23: We are in PostProduction phase:

    • Transcribing interviews,
    • Logging and Labelling footage, Creating a rough story line,
    • Sequencing and ordering clips, Synching the audio and video ,
    • Collecting Stock Footage and Archival Footage,
    • reaching out to the organizations for high resolution clips and photos,
    • reaching out to the interviewees for their personal videos, photos etc.
    • Adding B-roll and Visual enhancements,
    • creating trailers , reviewing and gathering feedback. 

     

  • 05/31/2023

    Production and Postproduction Activities

    Nishakm TV's Baywatana team has now travelled to the UK, Vancouver, New York, and India to meet and interview Afghan refugee families who have been displaced from Afghanistan. Additionally, the team has had the opportunity to talk to organizations who have helped minority families move out of Afghanistan. Currently, the team is in the process of interviewing scholars and experts for the documentary, to shed light on the overall situation and bring more awareness of the topic to the audience of the film.

    The Baywatana Team has completed 95% of production and is now in a post-production phase - organizing footage, transcribing interviews, searching through web archives for relevant clips, speaking with experts, composing music, and editing the footage to create the documenatry.

    The draft version of the documentary is due by July 17th and first documenatry screening is schduled on August 15th at 10:30 AM EST, at the 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions conferece in Chicago USA, www.parliamentofreligions.org.

     

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