The Sky Below Film Screening

Indian Business and Professional Women (www.ibpw.net) and South Asian American Films and Arts Association (www.saafa.org) invites you to attend a private screening of an award-winning documentary, The Sky Below by filmmaker Sarah Singh.

This debut film has been featured in over ten international film festivals including the LA premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in April 2008 ((www.indianfilmfestival.org/movies08/theskybelow.html). For film reviews at this festival, please check www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/080530/article.asp?parentID=92930.

The Sky Below is a subtle and sensitive portrayal; retelling the myth and reality about the 1947 Partition of India with a special focus on lesser-known impacts of the division. It is a cross-section of history, people, politics, and culture--across dangerous and remote places--Kutch to Kashmir, and Karachi to the Khyber Pass.

This spectacular contemporary portrait is reclamation of the past by the present generation to move toward resolution and thus redemption. The world looks to South Asia today out of fear and out of great expectations, but without the context of history or a broader understanding of the culture and history of the region. Producer/Director Sarah Singh's new documentary explores the border region of India and Pakistan with this in mind in an attempt to create a contemporary portrait of the present and future by looking at the Subcontinent's recent past, particularly the creation of Pakistan. No other film addresses such issues of the past and the present of this region together in a contemporary fashion. Folk musicians recorded live in their environs, verite and constructed filming techniques, and found footage are used to discover and expose the unfolding portrait across this political divide.

Featuring Shiv Shankar Menon, Natwar Singh, Tahira Mazar Ali, Chdy Pervez Elahi, Raj Mata of Patiala, Hashim Qereshi and many other distinctive and dynamic voices from the Subcontinent; this award-winning film on Pakistan and India was screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it has also been nominated for the 2008 Social Justice Award for Documentary Film.

Sarah Singh was born in Patiala, Punjab and has lived in the US since 1974. She is an artist based in New York City who has held sold-out exhibits of her paintings, drawings, and photographs in New York and Bombay. Sarah has worked in the film industry since 2003 primarily as a cinematographer, editor, and director with MTV, History Channel, Showtime, and numerous other independent feature and TV productions. She is also a freelance journalist whose work has been published in The Hindustan Times and in the upcoming issue of Film and Festivals magazine, UK. For more information, visit: www.sarahsingh.blogspot.com.

Film: The Sky Below by Sarah Singh (2007)

About: 75 minute documentary on 1947 India-Pakistan Partition

Date: Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Place: India Community Center (Please check www.indiacc.org for directions)

Cost: No charge, early registration required due to limited seating.

For RSVP or any questions, email us at info@ibpw.net or call 408-956-9115