UNDER THE TURBAN REVIEWED
“Under the Turban” is 90 minutes of learning what it means to be Sikh. The audience gets a crash course in Sikhism and its modern applications. However, the film returns to the question of a nine year old girl. What does it mean to be Sikh? Well, little Zara Garcha…you’re going to learn how awful the modern world can be to the different. Modern day Sikhs share their heritage, but also the dangerous baggage that comes with their religion.
White supremacists attack them, the post 9/11 climate lumps them in with Radical Islam and the average Westerner is confused by them. Through all of this, Zara and her family help to frame an approach to their religion. Farmers, models and bikers all serve as modern representatives for Sikhs. What’s more important is that Zara and the audience learns to approach this religion without fear. Generosity and compassion dominate the hearts and minds of these Sikhs.
I wish the same could be said for all religions, but I’m not that naive. Films like these are important and I hope they can be used to begin a dialogue between different groups. But, I’m a weirdo like that.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1