Hey check it out, a sneak preview of a CBS documentary featuring religious leaders of all faiths. United Sikhs was involved in fashioning the Sikh aspects of the video, which include an interview with the jathedar of the Akal Takhat, Singh Sahib Giani Joginder Singh.
IN GOD’S NAME, a CBS primetime special produced in association with the acclaimed French filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet (”9/11″), will explore the complex questions of our time through the intimate thoughts and beliefs of 12 of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders. It will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 23 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).
From Valarie Kaur:
When the calendar page turns to September, it’s difficult not to look at the 11th day. It’s a time to remember who was lost, who survived, who has been left behind. And how to live in the aftermath.
Everyone remembers September 11th. But we must also never forget September 15th.
In 2001, September 15th fell, like it does this year, on a Saturday. Balbir Singh Sodhi, wearing the turban and beard of a Sikh man, went to Costco to stock new supplies for his gas station near Phoenix, Arizona. And to look for an American flag for his store. In the check-out line, he saw a donation box for the New York relief effort and emptied his pockets of $74 - all he had remaining with him. (Flags were sold out.)
A few hours later, Mr. Sodhi was dead, killed in front of gas station by a man who called himself a patriot.
That same day, Adel Karas, an Egyptian Christian in Los Angeles and Kimberly Lowe, a Native American in Oklahoma City were killed, too.
Mr. Sodhi, Mr. Karas and Ms. Lowe were the first of at least 19 people murdered as retribution in the aftermath of 9/11. Although our country was united in grief and sorrow, fear had the power to blind Americans to the faces of their neighbors, at home and abroad.
For those of you who have been following our film Divided We Fall, you know that we feature Mr. Sodhi, his family’s story, and the story of an American city who came together in extraordinary compassion - a testament to what is possible when we share our common humanity.
On this day one year ago, we premiered the film in Phoenix, hosted by the local community, on the memorial of his death. Since we premiered, we have screened in 50 cities, opening spaces for deep dialogue in campuses and communities across the country. (We also won three awards, were featured on CNN, and have been generally too busy to send out updates on newsletters…we will recap the remarkable summer soon, we promise…)
In the year since we began our national film tour, we have been moved by the insights, stories, and memories people have shared with us. Everyone, even the very young, still feel the reverberations of September 11 th. They will never forget. We hope we are helping them to never forget Balbir Singh Sodhi, also.
We hope you are safe and healthy during these days of remembrance. Thank you for being a part of our extended DWF family. We are doing our best to make a difference.
A neat story in Reason magazine. It’s currently topping reddit.com. It’s really insightful and gives you a lot of perspective, even though it’s a year old.
Basically you are more likely to die by walking across the street than by being in a terror attack. There’s a lot of fear in the world, and if we’re scared, the terrorists win.
Valarie Kaur, who took some time off Stanford right after 9/11 to document the aftermath and its repercussions for America, will be interviewed by Paula Zahn tonight. She and her partner in crime Sharat Raju will be talking about their film, Divided We Fall, an awesome flick that I hope makes a big national debut. Congrats Valarie! We love you! More after the jump.
Divided We Fall is an outstanding movie documenting the American experience shortly after 9/11. It follows the adventure of Valarie Kaur, as she travels America as a girl with a camera documenting the strife and the experiences of Sikh Americans and others in the months following the disaster. It’s a must see and gets a high rating in my book. I first saw the film in October 2005 at the Spinning Wheel Film Festival in Toronto. Please watch the movie–check out the site for a screening near you, and tell us what you think. I’ve met Valarie Kaur–in fact I knew her before she was famous–as I was in touch with her regarding the Sikhism course she created at Stanford University. I can vouch for how wonderful she is, and I am inspired by her example of following her spirit and doing what she knew she had to do.