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On 29th October 2020 we successfully raised £4,805 with 104 supporters in 28 days

A short film that aims to truly show the huge contribution and sacrifice that Punjabi soldiers made for the British Empire in WW1.

by Adam Survay & Zayn Ayub in London, England, United Kingdom

OVERVIEW

A high-quality historically accurate WW1 short film about a Sikh Soldier.

The film aims to:

  • increase awareness of the 130,000 Sikhs who fought in WW1, as well as the million other Indian soldiers that fought for the British Empire
  • educate current and future generations about the heroic sacrifice the Sikhs and other soldiers made in the Great War
  • increase representation in British war films by making a film that has a Sikh soldier as its lead character

#HelpShowHistory

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DONATION UPDATE! - £7k donated from outside organisations

Outside of the crowdfunder the project team has raised £7k from three exciting organisations (who we will be revealing shortly). Giving the film's budget £10k in total!

But we still need to find £5k by the end of the month, so any money you can give to this groundbreaking project will bring us closer to making this film a reality! 

Update made 19/10/2020 

THE FILM'S STORY

A Sikh soldier fights through The Great War for the British Empire, only to survive and have to face a further hell back in India.

More than 130,000 Sikhs fought in WW1, forming 20% of the Indian Army, despite being just 2% of the Indian population.

Despite this huge contribution in WW1 for the British Empire, relatively few on-screen stories in Western cinema have been told of their heroic efforts. 

We want to change that!

This is what the film could look like with your help!

We've already undertaken a promo shoot to develop the aesthetics of the film, the results are outstanding!

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OUR HISTORICAL ADVISORS

We've made sure this film is as truthful, sensitive and accurate as possible.

We're worked for the last 10 months with world-renowned experts to make sure the film's story and message is as authentic as possible - they're now happy with the script and we're at the financing stage.

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WHAT WILL THE DONATIONS DO?

Your donation will go towards making a groundbreaking short film that will set a precedent for telling unseen stories, but it will also support the next generation of filmmakers and support charities dedicated to the preservation of history.

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1. Investing in a unique WW1 film

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Sky and Joseph have been making award-winning films with Window Zebra Productions since 2018. The team loves to make films that tell unique stories - and The Sikh Soldier is a great example of that!

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The film will also be a brilliant education tool to teach future generations about WW1.

2. The production design budget

For this round of our crowdfunder campaign we'll be raising for the film's production design, this includes:

  • Building trench sets in a studio, which allows us to have a far higher level of cinematography, great production design and avoid shoots being ‘rained-off'
  • Making period-accurate costumes for the film
  • Doing the production “all under one roof” keeps costs down dramatically and increases value
  • To use SFX (pyrotechnics, blank firing guns, explosions and smoke), making the film look incredible!

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3. Making authentic music for the film

Jodie Grayer, our composer, will be creating a beautiful score in which she uses authentic Sikh instruments as well as collaborating with renowned Sikh musicians.

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4. Part of your donation will also go to charity

5% of the money is going to charities, including the the National Sikh Heritage Centre & Holocaust Museum. 

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5. Make a film that will educate and truly represent history! 

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the production - we really appreciate your support.

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THANK YOU

Should you decide to support us, financially or even just raising awareness through Social Media, please know that not only will you receive the rewards listed in the perks section, but also that you will be directly helping tell this untold true story.

For that, we are endlessly grateful and let's help show history together.

Contact


info.sikh.soldier@gmail.com

Social Media

Facebook - The Sikh Soldier / Twitter - @TheSikhSoldier1 / IG -  @the_sikhsoldier

Links

Website

IMDB

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

THANK YOU CREDIT + DIGITAL COPY OF FILM

Your name will be featured forever in the credits as well getting access to a digital cut of the film.

£3 or more

ENTER IN OUR RAFFLE T-SHIRT COMPETITION

If you select this reward, you will not only be helping make the Sikh Soldier happen, but you will be entered in a raffle automatically to win our EXCLUSIVE T-Shirt just by pledging £3

£10 or more

SOCIAL MEDIA STORY SHOUT OUT

We'll give you a great big warm thank you on our official Facebook, Instagram stories!

£15 or more

DIGITAL COPY OF FILM

We'll give you access to an exclusive digital cut of the film, for your eyes only, while it makes the festival runs.

£30 or more

SIGNED POSTER & SCRIPT + DIGITAL COPY OF FILM

You'll receive an exclusive signed film poster and signed copy of our script as well as access to a digital cut of the film.

£75 or more

EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT + THANK YOU NAME IN THE CREDITS

Get your very own Exclusive Sikh Soldier T-Shirt and your name in the credits of the film.

£150 or more

PREMIERE TICKET + Q&A

An online or physical ticket (dependent on Covid) to the films premiere with access to join the team for a Q&A session afterwards.

£500 or more

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

You'll be credited as an Executive Producer on both the end credits and IMDB page

£1,000 or more

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT + READTHROUGH

You'll be credited as an Executive Producer on both the end credits and IMDB page as well as attend an online table read with our cast & crew.

£1,500 or more

ALL IN!

You truly are our biggest fan! For this prestigious reward, enjoy a ticket to our premiere and get to meet our directors, writers & cast! On top of this you'll be an Executive Producer on the Sikh Soldier, with your name in the credits and on our IMDB page as well as all the above rewards will be yours!

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