Ocean of Pearls

“Ocean,” smoothly directed by Sarab S. Neelam, mostly comes down on the side of tradition and, like Amrit, is dutiful and virtuous. – The New York Times

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 7:00pm
Bronwynn Theatre

Running Time: 97 minutes
Rated: PG13 for brief strong language and thematic elements
Tickets: $8 online or by phone, $10 at the door; $5 for students
*$15 for both Dough and Ocean of Pearls (can be purchased up to 7:00 on March 24)

Presented by: Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN) as part of the WIN mini film festival. WIN is a new coalition whose mission is to provide opportunities for neighbors of diverse cultural and faith traditions to engage in activities that promote mutual understanding and respect.

As a Sikh man with a full beard and turban, surgeon Dr. Amrit Singh is often the target of racial profiling. He struggles with a string of compromises between his own religious traditions and health care injustices.

Major Sponsor:
St. John’s Episcopal Church

Supporting Sponsors:
Ahlul Bayt Society – Columbus
All Saints Lutheran Church
Interfaith Association of Central Ohio
Simply Catholic
Turkish American Society of Ohio
Worthington United Methodist Church

Join us for a talk back following the film, with representatives from sponsoring organizations.

Plot Summary:
Dr. Amrit Singh, a young Sikh surgeon, moves from Toronto to Detroit to take a position at a new transplant facility, leaving behind his family and Indian girlfriend. The film follows Amrit’s struggles against the pressures to assimilate, including considering removing his turban and cutting his hair, racial discrimination, an unfair medical system in which uninsured patients cannot receive transplants, and romantic temptation in the shape of an attractive colleague. The film is semi-autobiographical, and reflects the experience of Sikhs in America post-9/11.

It is the first film directed by Sarab Singh Neelam, a Sikh gastroenterologist from Troy, Michigan.