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The Sikh Coalition News
November 8, 2012
  • Diversity Video Competition Winners Announced

    Over 1,000 public votes were cast to determine the top videos for this year’s Diversity Video Competition! We thank those who voted this year.

    We congratulate Satdeep Singh for taking first place with his film, “Taaj” and winning the grand prize of $1500.

    Taaj was premiered at the Sikh International Film Festival in New York City last weekend and will also be shown at the Sikh Lens 2012 Sikh Art and Film Festival in Orange, California on November 16.

    Abril Murillo wins second place ($750 prize) with her film, “Coexist”. The Sikh Coalition also wants to recognize James Magazzino for his film “A Day with a Crown”, and has decided to award him a third place prize of $375.

    1st Place - $1500
    “Taaj” by Satdeep

    2nd Place - $750
    “Coexist” by Abril Murillo

    3rd Place - $375
    “A Day with a Crown” by James Magazzino

    After all submissions were received, the public was given an opportunity to vote for their favorite videos. The videos which received the most votes then moved on to the expert judging round. These judges reviewed the submissions, and voted for the videos according to a 10-point criterion that was broken into 4 categories -- creativity, message, versatility, and quality of the production.

    We would like to thank Paul Johar, Tej Singh Hazra, Kevin Lee, and Jasmeet Singh (JusReign) for volunteering their time and expert opinion as judges for this competition.

    The Coalition will utilize these videos in its education work so that non-Sikhs can understand the responsibility and significance of wearing a dastaar for a Sikh.

    Didn’t get a chance to see the videos this year? No problem! Check out the winning videos on our website.

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“This year’s entries reinforce the need to gain perspective through different lenses.  The 2012 finalists delivered on the challenge to capture reactions and challenge bias surrounding the Sikh faith.”

-Tej Singh Hazra, Competition Judge

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