Sidhu Memorial Program 2018

The Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program:

Celebrating Punjabi Language and Culture at UBC
Held its Tenth program in 2018.

2-3-4 March 2018

with film screenings and discussion with special guest,
award-winning Punjabi language filmmaker
Gurvinder Singh

Inderjeet Kaur Sidhu received a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to Punjabi Letters.

Poster for the 2018 Sidhu Program


Friday, 2 March 2018 7:30-9 p.m.
UBC Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, UBC West Point Grey
“Awazzan” (“Voices,”2016): A documentary on the UK-based Punjabi language poet Amarjit Chandan.

Saturday, 3 March 2018 7:30-9:30 p.m. 
UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Downtown Vancouver
“Anhe Godhe da Daan” (“Alms for a Blind Horse,” 2011):  A film exploring the experience of marginality in contemporary Punjab. Winner of two National Awards (India), screened at Venice Film Festival, and award winner at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Sunday, 4 March 2018 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Surrey Centre Stage (Surrey City Hall), 3450 104 Ave, Surrey
Co-organized with the Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture Committee.
“Chauthi Koot” (“The Fourth Direction,” 2015): A film portraying individuals and families negotiating a space between separatist and state forces amidst the violence of the 1980s in Punjab, India.
Screened at Cannes and award winner at the Singapore Film Festival.
Awards for student Punjabi-language essay contest winners and for lifetime achievement to a BC-based Punjabi writer will be presented.


Made possible by the generous support of the Sidhu family, in loving memory of Harjit Kaur Sidhu (nee Gill), devoted wife, mother, and strong advocate for education, Punjabi culture and language, and women’s issues. 

Organized by the Department of Asian Studies, UBC, with the support of the UBC Dean of Arts and the Department of Theatre and Film, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation, and the Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture Committee, and the University of Toronto Centre for South Asian Civilizations. Held in association with the South Asia Conference of the Pacific Northwest (SACPAN) at UBC, organized by the Centre for India and South Asia Research, with support from the Departments of History and Asian Studies, and IC-IMPACTS. SACPAN takes place at UBC during the days of March 2-3, and features keynote addresses by Professors Ruby Lal and Gyanendra Pandey of Emory University, and papers from faculty and students from institutions in Washington, Oregon, and B.C.

Click here information about SACPAN.