ANNUAL SIKH FILM FESTIVAL 2006:
THE SIKH NEXT DOOR
The Sikh Next Door is a fun and entertaining video designed to introduce 6th through 12th graders to Sikhs. Produced in a quick-paced, broadcast television style and told through the voices of four Sikh youth, this short film is a video resource that demonstrates the bicultural lives of Sikh Americans and engages students in a discussion about multiculturalism. In the process, it communicates effectively why students should not discriminate against others based solely on their external appearance.
A team of Sikh educators, a broadcast television producer, two teen advisors, and a group of teachers and counselors worked together to design The Sikh Next Door project. Major funding and program support came from the "September 11th Anti-Bias Project"' of The National Conference for Community & Justice and the ChevronTexaco Foundation.Producer/Director's Biography: Tami Yeager is the project's Co-Executive Producer and Video Director. She is a documentary television producer working in New York and Miami, and has covered a wide range of subjects for TV networks and non-profits. Most recently, she co-produced "Making a Baby," an hour-long documentary about infertility for MSNBC and two half-hour documentaries for ABC News and PBS. She is currently in production on an independent documentary about America's first post-9/11 hate crime murder, called "A Dream in Doubt." She has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the American University.
Mandeep Singh Dhillon is the project's Co-Executive Producer. He holds a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia and a BA from Duke University. He is co-founder of the Lohgarh Sikh Educational Foundation, an organization working to better integrate Sikhs into American life through education and dialogue. After working as an attorney for several years at Latham & Watkins in California, Mandeep now works as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, where he focuses on High Tech and Media. Mandeep lives in Redwood City, CA with his wife and two children.
Preetmohan Singh is the project's Producer. He is currently the Senior Policy Analyst at The Interfaith Alliance, the national non-partisan advocacy voice for the interfaith movement based in Washington, DC. Preetmohan previously served as National Director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), a national non-profit organization. He participated in Teach for America as a fifth-grade teacher and has also been an education and technology director for an after-school program. Preetmohan is a graduate of Georgetown University and also studied at Oxford University in England.