American Teen Makes Film on Sikh Man Who Made US Change Its Turban Policy
Gurinder Singh Khalsa whose campaign forced the US to change their policy towards turban of the Sikh community was not only a hero for Sikhs but a great inspirational figure for Americans too. The USA recently conferred him with the prestigious Rosa Parks Trailblazer award for his campaign to honour his courage. But the real honour moment for Gurinder Singh Khalsa is when an 18-year-old American girl made a short film “SINGH” based on him. She wanted to teach religious liberty and freedom of faith through this medium.
An 18-year-old girl, Jenna Ruiz in the US made a short film ‘SINGH’ based on a true story of Gurinder Singh Khalsa, whose campaign forced the US authorities to change its policy towards turban of Sikh Community. The movie focuses on a true incident back in 2007.
In 2007, Gurinder Singh Khalsa was asked to remove his turban before going through the airport security in the US. He refused to remove his turban. He was then refused to board an aeroplane because of his turban. After that incident, he mobilized more than 68,000 people across the US for petitions. He took that issue to the US Congress, following which Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) changed its headgear policy towards the Sikh community.
The Sikhs are now able to wear their turban through airport security in the USA. It is all because of Gurinder Singh Khalsa’s efforts. He took stand for all those who believe in freedom of faith. He also heads the Indiana-based Sikhs Political Affairs Committee.
On January 19, 2019, Gurinder Singh Khalsa, was presented with the prestigious Rosa Park Trailblazer award in Washington in the US. The movie is directed by Jenna Ruiz who is a student and actor from Indiana.
Jenna Ruiz told the media that it is an honour to be able to showcase a moment in history that led to change in our TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Policy regarding the removal of headgear.
She further said, “However, it’s more than that; it’s one man’s real-life story that will shed light on the true vulnerability and fear that comes with being racially profiled – this film will allow viewers to experience firsthand what it is like to be made to choose between religious beliefs and everyday life.”
– PTC NEWS