Today in the United States, especially since the events of 9/11, the turban has been often associated with terrorist groups, including Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and others. However, the vast majority of people who wear turbans in the US are not terrorists, but Sikhs – and their appearance, although similar, often marks them for discrimination. Because of this appearance, Sikhs, as well as many minority groups in America have had to struggle to impart the message: you can't judge a book by its cover.

Referencing Sikh American and other minority experiences, please create a 5 minute video (or less) that explores the statement, "You can't judge a book by its cover."

First Place

First Place Winner ($1,000 grand prize)

Elephant in the Room

By Chandani Kaur Kohli

This was Chandani’s first attempt at film making. It was a challenge to learn a new skillset in her continuous exploration of the creative arts. The bonus: She fell in love with the process from directing to editing. She says the film, “Elephant in the Room” is a work in progress, but she hopes you enjoyed it. She has a few projects currently under construction and would love any involvement and encourage a conversation. Love. Challenge. Love. Change. Love. Accept. Love.

Second Place

Second Place Winner ($500 grand prize)

Can't Judge A Book By Lookin At The Cover

by Sunny Dhillon

Sunny was born in the Himalayas and came to the U.S. at a very young age. He currently lives in Northern California. He received his Biomedical bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from John Hopkins University. Sunny is currently pursuing his MBA at Rutger’s University.

Sunny enjoys international travel and extensive road trips. He is passionate about well made movies, art, capturing life in photographs, creating interesting short movies, cooking fine foods, inventing novel gadgets and day dreaming of complex theoretical ideas & scientific analysis. He aspires to create a film on Sikhism one day.

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