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Filmmakers’ Site: AMERICAN MADE
Find out about the numerous awards (17) that have been presented to AMERICAN MADE, buy the DVD and sign up for the newsletter at the filmmakers’ site.

American Film Institute
Writer/Director Sharat Raju received an MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute and AMERICAN MADE was his thesis film. The film has garnered AFI’s two top honors for directing. Find out about the famous school and its programs.

9-11 Aftermath & Discrimination

Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
As a Sikh woman, college student Valarie Kaur took a hiatus and set out to explore the sudden fears and prejudices that turn ordinary Americans into victims, survivors and perpetrators of hate. The result is Divided We Fall, a work-in-progress documentary and collaboration with the film crew responsible for AMERICAN MADE. Learn more about the project on the site and read Valerie’s blog.

Discrimination and National Security Initiative (DNSI)
Established by the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, DNSI was created after September 11, 2001. Focusing on Sikh, Muslim, Arab and South Asians populations, the project’s goals are to “chronicle the mistreatment of minority communities during times of military action and national crisis” and to present the human consequences from the perspective of these communities. Site includes a regularly updated blog.

The Pluralism Project
For over a decade The Pluralism Project’s mission had been to help Americans engage with religious diversity in the U.S. This Harvard project offers research, articles, reports, religious diversity news headlines and more.

“Sikh Participation in U.S. Civic Life”
Read this 2005 research report, funded by The Pluralism Project, to get a perspective on how Sikhs fit into American government, politics and culture, post 9-11.



The Sikh Network
Get an overview of Sikhism with this comprehensive site featuring an introduction to the religion, discussion boards, music streaming and matrimonials (online dating). Find out about the significance of the turban on the Why Do Sikhs Wear Turbans page and get the latest news.

The Sikh Coalition
This non-profit grass roots organization defends the civil rights and liberties for Sikhs in the United States, fostering civic engagement and community empowerment. Site offers events listings, incident reporting and a legal resource center.

PBS: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
“Being a Sikh is immensely spiritually uplifting. At the same time, it is also a challenge because you stand out in a crowd,” says Manjit Singh. Get a tour of the basic beliefs of Sikhism on a special day of celebration.

Sikhs: The Most Visible Yet Most Misunderstood Minority
Started by Harkirat Hansra, a teenage Sikh who wears a turban, with the goal of educating younger Americans about who their Sikh neighbors really are, the site features a comprehensive and accessible overview on Sikh beliefs, heritage and culture.

Sacramento Bee: To be Sikh in Sacramento: It can be difficult, so teen's Web site seeks to educate fellow Americans
Read this April 2006 article about Harkirat Hansra, the teenager who started Sikhs: The Most Visible Yet Most Misunderstood Minority Web site (previous link). The article also recounts many of the hate crimes committed against Sikhs since September 11. Registration required.


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