SIKH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011: DOCUMENTARY
Hew McLeod: A Kiwi Sikh Historian
Directed by: Jasmine Pujji
The Unlikely story of one New Zealander, the son of a sheep farmer from Feilding, who has spent a lifetme researching the Sikh people of India. He conducted a ground breaking research into Punjabi immigration to New Zealand, preserving the early history of this sizable group for generations to come. The softly spoken emeritus professor, who has inflammed controversy and blazed a trail for other scholars to follow over four decades, speaks for the first time. "Living in Punjab, as a Christian missionary wth his wife and Child in the 1950's had a really profound effect on him" says Jasmine Pujji. Leaving the church, McLeod went in pursuit of what became a lifelong passion for understanding the colourful, but little known group - the Sikhs.