August 12, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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I recently watched this movie and, given current events, I'd like to invite you to join me for a film about a Sikh man’s struggle to fit into western society. If attendance is high, I’ll squeeze in more than I normally prefer, but I feel this is important right now as it certainly helped me better understand Sikhism much more than I previously did. There are two showings, Tuesday and Sunday; please attend only one.
Ocean of Pearls (2008): A Sikh man with a full beard and turban, Amrit Singh is often the target of racial profiling. But when he sees his dreams of becoming Chief of Surgery at a state-of-the-art transplant center dwindle because of his appearance, Amrit goes against a tradition he's maintained his whole life and cuts his hair. Hiding this decision from his girlfriend and family in Toronto is only the start of a series of compromises Amrit finds himself making as he deals with hospital politics and health care injustices. When his compromises result in the death of a patient, Amrit begins to reexamine the value of the religious traditions he'd turned his back on.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other expats, world travelers, and diversity artistes to watch an interesting film together.
Please also bring a favorite food and beverage to share -- multicultural cuisine encouraged!
Plan to arrive anytime after 5:00 PM for socializing. We'll start the movie about 6:00 PM and take a quick intermission or two to refill plates and glasses.
My house has wood floors so please bring socks or slippers. Also be advised that cats live here too, so those with allergies have been notified and unfortunately I can't allow service animals to attend either.
Please understand that I need to limit the number of guests. If the event looks full, be sure to join the waiting list as there are often many later RSVP changes. Please be considerate and update your RSVP if your plans change. If you say “yes” and don’t show up, that means someone on the waiting list that wanted to attend, could not.