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Singh gurinder khalsa

A short film ‘SINGH’, which is based on the real life of well-known Indian-American Sikh Gurinder Singh Khalsa, has won ‘Short of the Year’ award at the Covellite International Film Festival in Montana.

The movie was chosen among 100 other films submitted in the same category for the award.

Directed by Jenna Ruiz, ‘SINGH’ tells the incident that occurred in May 2007 when a turbaned Sikh man named Gurinder Singh Khalsa was not allowed to board the flight without his turban’s removal, which had to be further inspected by TSA (Transportation Security Administration) agents.


Gurinder had to board to flight to visit his dying mother, but in this emotional roller coaster, he was made to choose between his dying mother in her last days and religious beliefs.

Covellite International Film Festival chose the movie as an official selection for the largest film fest in the Mid-west, Indy Shorts International Film Festival.

In a statement, heartlandfilm.org wrote, “Indy Shorts International Film Festival, presented by Heartland Film and the organisers of the Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF), is an Academy Award-qualifying fest dedicated to the art of short film.”

Indy Shorts International Film Festival will display storytelling from across the world from July 25 to July 28 in Indianapolis.

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