Through the Ashes


Through-The-Ashes---director2“Through the Ashes” is a documentary within a documentary chronicling 15 days of journeying through the importance of asking the question “Why?” and discovering the impact of incorporating meaning into aspects of Sikhi such as gender equality, standing out, and in this movie in particular—the meaning and importance of maintaining the Sikh Identity. After 2,500 miles of searching for answers, gathering the ideas of Sikhs and Non-Sikhs alike, and feeling the overwhelming kindness and hospitality of Sikhs in DC, a friend in Philadelphia, and busy filmmakers in NYC, I realized that yes, we must look for the answer, however we should not be discouraged if it seems we are not finding answers, because there is much to be learned by the journey itself.

1st place competition winner in 2009
for age group 18-25

 

Directed by: Harjus Singh (Age: 21)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio – USA
Length: 25 min

 

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23 Comments
  1. Very informative and insightful..many will find the answers from your video hurjus…nice explanations and nice car…adventures of power of being a Sikh.
    Nice..keep it up and shine

  2. God is the greatest of all andf he never makes any mistakes/Errors,If he had selected us sikhs to born to sikhs means we must maintain the saroop of sikh as we are blessed by the GOD almithy.

    I’m around 80 had been to several countries since my birth and also I was born overseas to a gursikh family. I kept my sikhi in tact so as my all five childredn 3 of them born out of India all are sikhs.

    And also Guru Gobind singh ji’s order is also to keep the saroop in tact.” JAB LAG REHEY NIARA-(SEPRATE) FROM OTHERS -TAB LAG TEJ DIO MAIN SAARA. UNTIL WE KEEP OUR SIKHI SAROOP AND REHNI AND BENI GURU JI SAID HE GIVE US ALL THE POWER,BUT WHEN WE LOOSE THE SAROOP HE DOES RECOGNIZES US.”JAB LAG JAYE BIPRAN KI REEET- MAIN NAA KARO(N) IN KI PARTEET(pEHCHAN).

    we all must learn from our sikh history: Our sikhs sacrefiecd for sikhism not accepting islaam: they were torchured,cut into pieces even the infants were not spared then by the muslim rulers,but sikhs never accepted other relegion or gave away kesh(HAIR).

    Any sikh who converted to other relegion(s) even did not get any peace of mind and had to come back to sikhism.

    We respect all relegions equally and don’t discriminate–look at gurbani any shabad gives us the same strength & advise.

    It was very good topic your had been discussing & understanding the espacts of sikhism.

    wgjkk wgjk fateh

  3. Loved it.
    Great concept, structure, scripting, flow and messages.
    Can’t wait for the featured film.
    Maybe I need to practice my air drums more often!

    Good Luck & Well done.

  4. Your message is to the point. We need to have a support system for the young as well as old, to answer the question “Why” whenever it will pop in the mind. May Waheguru bless you to explore more and make more movies! Chardi kala.
    Moninder Kaur
    Dunwoody, Georgia

  5. This was a unique video I found, quite unique. Your take on this shows a bit of character and its obvious you shot most of it by yourself, but the parts you didn’t shoot you credited it accordingly. There were some scenes which were kinda shaky, but that just might be your camera. What I liked about this doesn’t try to be more than it is, you aren’t trying to save the whole world, but its deeper than it seems. I like how the use of the blurriness indicated you didn’t know what you really wanted to do at that point (almost looked like a painting). One thing I liked and didn’t was some of your points are deep but also convoluted and I like that because when people figure it out they feel like they found it out for themselves and can have more of an impact, on the other side though many people may not find the underlying meaning clear. I also liked how you took the idea of knowing and asking why, realizing sikhi’s practicality. However, I wish you elaborated more on your point of not cutting nor keeping your hair, as both seems to be vanity to you.

    Also sometimes the audio seems kinda off from one speaker to the other. There are times in the girl’s interview (dilroop) where the video wasn’t exactly synced with the audio. Also sometimes the background music is so loud that you can’t hear the person talking easily (I am assuming its you, however if it isn’t then you didn’t credit them). Also there are sometimes where your grammar wasn’t great in the narration. There were a couple of mistakes, but I understood what you were trying to say. I know you were pressed for time, and you didn’t have much time to do this, but I feel like these are little things that would not have taken much time to do over. Also during the ari interview the audio quality was not great from his voice, and the laughing at the end of his story was much louder than the rest and could hurt someone’s ears who is using headphones. Also during bhai sahib’s interview I could see your reflection in the glass, I don’t know if you did this on purpose.

    Overall it was a good video, but I feel some little things could’ve made it better. I liked the music alot, it was fitting and unique, and I like how you used copyright free music. To be honest I didn’t believe you until I went to the person you credited’s website and his music is copyright free. Also clean out your car.

    Over

  6. Jeevan to Deedar, Jeevan to Deedar, come in Deedar… over.
    cars will end up that dirty when they’ve been traveling for 2500 miles. way to call out a guy that worked his behind off to send a simplistic, yet insightful message to the rest of the panth! Harjus did a great job. some minor details maybe needed to be weeded out, but considering the circumstances this movie is definitely my pick for the winner. best of luck Harjus Singh, although for sure your perseverence and hard work has already rendered luck out of the equation of your success.
    Jeevan Kaur, over and out.

  7. I am very proud of you and this video. The effort, sincerity and passion will put this through to audiences far and wide. Well done Jassi! :)

  8. Harjus veerji,

    Very good job. I loved your video. It was clear, concise, and comical all at the same time. Thank you for sharing this with everyone :)

    May Waheguru ji bless you with all successes in your future endeavors.

    Guru Raakha,
    ~skaur

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