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ਜਗਜੀਤ

On 31 October 1984, Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards. On 01 November 1984, riots erupted in Delhi. The mob swarmed into Sikh neighborhoods, killing any Sikh men, women & children they could find. The riots went on for next three days. According to official figures, around 3000 Sikhs were killed and many more were rendered homeless.

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The film is about pithy and uncompromising look at relentless guilt that invariably follows a tragedy. The film revolves around two best friends, Jagjeet and Kuldeep and 3 days in their lives. The first day is set in past where two are best of friends and in best of times, the second day set on the day riots took place in Delhi in 1984 in which one friend is killed. The third day is set a week after riots.

This subject is close to me as I am a Sikh by religion. When this tragedy took place in 1984, I was living in New Delhi. I was 8 years old and witnessed it right in front of me. I was too young to understand what took place or why it happened. Over the years, I started to develop my own perspective on the incident and it was not to do with government or people who carried out that crime.

In time, I have come to an understanding of world in which we live in, world where people are not perfect; people will kill each other when provoked. To me, this is what we have become. When such incidents happen, we can raise our voice, fight the system through legal means, protest human right violation BUT in the end, unless we the people stand with each other in the time of need, nothing will change. We cannot blame anyone but us for what happens. This is what how I feel when I look back at those 3 days of 1984 in which thousands of Sikhs were killed in New Delhi.

When I started to work on this film, I was very clear that I do not want to blame any government or people for the incident. I wanted to show how we the people reacted when it happened and how there were so many expectations from within us only and how they were shattered. For this very reason, I chose both my characters to be of Sikh Religion because my focus was on to bring a very human and neutral angle within all this.
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Young Audiographer Award
6 Jan – 13 Jan | India
Best Short Film
27 Jan – 30 Jan | India
Best Student Short Film
Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival | 2011
1 Mar – 30 Apr | India
Best Short Film
19 Aug – 25 Aug | Australia

Previous screenings

2010
Indradhanush Film School Competition for Cinematography | 2010
1 Sep – 15 Sep | Mumbai, India
2011
6 Jan – 13 Jan | Pune, India
Young Audiographer Award
27 Jan – 30 Jan | Jaipur, India
Best Short Film
11 Feb – 13 Feb | Lahore, Pakistan
25 Feb – 27 Feb | Bhubaneswar, India
Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival | 2011
1 Mar – 30 Apr | Noida, India
Best Student Short Film
International Reeload Film Fest | 2011
18 Mar | Bangalore, India
Guwahati International Short Film Festival | 2011
2 May – 3 May | Guwahati, India
Ca’foscari Short Film Festival | 2011
26 May – 29 May | Venice, Italy
International Short Film Festival Detmold
9 Jun – 13 Jun | Detmold, Germany
20 Jul – 24 Jul | Stuttgart, Germany
29 Jul – 2 Aug | Thiruvananthapuram, India
19 Aug – 25 Aug | Melbourne, Australia
Best Short Film
29 Sep – 2 Oct | Naoussa, Greece
Norrkoping Film Festival Flimmer | 2011
30 Sep – 9 Oct | Norrköping, Sweden
6 Oct – 9 Oct | Ahmedabad, India
Sikh International Film Festival | 2011
14 Oct – 15 Oct | New York, United States

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