AWR used in a centennial conference!

On May 6th, 2011, an excerpt of A Warrior’s Religion was used to enhance a presentation during the Transnational Punjabis in the 21st Century: Beginnings, Junctures and Departures Centennial Conference which ran from May 5th – 7th.

The conference was presented by the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies within the University of Fraser Valley.

The presentation’s abstract is as follows;

A Warrior’s Religion Dissected-Past and Present

The term “warrior’s religion” and “warrior race” has become synonymous when discussing Sikhism and Sikh history. I will dissect this issue by looking at the historical context in which such warrior ascetic groups emerged, and under what conditions. More specifically, I will look at the emergence of warrior ascetic groups around the Punjab region as a unique situation in itself due to the areas geographic location. When assessing this term ‘warrior’s religion,’ one also must consider whether such a term is a western concept and thus forced upon us-or is it a term and image which Sikhs embrace? I then connect this theme of the Sikh religion as a ‘warrior’s religion’ in relation to a documentary created by local artist, Mani Amar, titled “A Warrior’s Religion.” Mani was heavily criticized for titling his documentary as such because his film looked at the nature of gang wars within the South Asian community. I then analyze our modern-day equating between Sikhs as a warrior race, and such Sikh youth embracing this image in order to commit crimes of power.

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I am glad my research and films are being used to bring awareness on a multitude of issues.  This is why I do what I do.

Shout out to Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra for utilizing the film and for her ongoing support of my films.

The entire conference agenda can be found here.

As always, thanks everyone.

mani

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