Sikhlens announced on September 16 the launch of an animated short he produced by an executive.
The film, “American Sikh”, is produced by Vishavjit Singh, creator of SikhToons.com (aka Sikh Captain America), and directed by Ryan Westra, alumnus of Chapman University and Chapman University’s Sikhlens program, the release notes.
The film captures the story of Vishavjit Singh – the struggles he faced throughout his life course (including 1984 and 9/11) and the unique way he fights intolerance through the power of his art. and his alter-ego: Sikh Captain America, he said.
“The terrorist attacks of September 11 had a tremendous impact on communities of color in the United States, particularly Sikh Americans. As we celebrate 20 years of the tragedy, it is more important than ever to place this story in the American entertainment landscape, ”Sikhlens noted in the statement.
Vishavjit Singh is a New York-based Sikh American designer, writer and artist. He is a speaker exposing diversity, inclusion, storytelling and the power of art in schools, universities and businesses across the country, according to learningforjustice.org. He is also a Creative Arts and Diversity Researcher at the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, based in Washington, DC.
The Sikh Art & Film Festival will take place from November 18 to 21.