You may have heard that there will be a new 3D animated Sikh movie called Motherhood: The Journey of Mata Sahib Kaur due to be released in April 2019. This movie will be a first of it’s kind in many ways and I am personally looking forward to seeing it.
‘First of it’s kind’, how?
Well, it will be the first ever 3D animated Sikh movie about Mata Sahib Kaur Jee and will be brought to you by the makers of the movie ‘Chaar Sahibzade’ and produced by Nihal Nihal Nihal Productions.
It will be a movie that is for the sangat – by the sangat’, meaning that it is being financed in its entirety by Gurujee’s Sangat. Once released, any profits made from the movie will then go back into continuing to make further films – to raise awareness and educate the masses & future generations on the richness of the Sikh heritage.
You may think, why is making movies important?
Movies are a great, engaging platform to depict our history and make it accessible to many. This movie alone is going to be translated into five languages, meaning that globally, Sikh Sangat and curious historians will all be able to relish the experience of learning about Mata Sahib Kaur Jee’s life.
Movies are also a great way to deliver important messages in a tangible and inspirational manner. When we are able to connect to the message in the movie, it can stay with us for our entire lives, replaying our favourite scenes in our minds, as we walk through life. Through movies, we can celebrate our history and ensure that it is well-documented for the generations to come.
But the greatest ‘first’ that this movie brings for me is that this is by far the first, and most powerful tribute celebrating Sikh Women, during the times of the Gurus.
“I didn’t want it to stop – could have watched the teaser over and over – and cannot wait for the movie to be released, next year.”
Mata Sahib Kaur Jee is recognised as the Mother of Khalsa. However, not much is known about her or spoken of her courage, leadership and devotion, both before and after becoming the Mother of Khalsa.
I was privileged to see the teaser of the Motherhood Movie which was shared in the UK Gurdwaras recently. It was less than a couple of mins and I may have seen it about 8/10 times in total, but each time left me emotionally stirred. I didn’t want it to stop – could have watched the teaser over and over – and cannot wait for the movie to be released, next year.
In the Sikh Panth, the role of women is acknowledged and celebrated. But have you noticed, that culturally we are not used to appreciating the value that women bring – even though our first Gurujee famously challenged the ‘norm’ and highlighted the significant roles that women play!
So the history is there – but we are not used to talking about it. Why do you think that is?
I feel that we find ourselves in this situation where we have to search hard to find the names and histories of our Sikh female ancestors, even though we know they were there for sure! When we do manage to find something, it is most often a basic summary of an event they were a part of – not the journey to or from that event.
“Have you realised that we don’t acknowledge or celebrate the role of our Mother, Mata Sahib Kaur Jee?”
For me, it is troubling to think that we may be missing a valuable opportunity to engage our future generations. How will we continue to inspire and engage our future Sikh women, if they cannot find sources of inspiration and courage within their own heritage that they can relate to? How will we continue to educate our future Sikh men on the value and respect of their female counterparts?
I was speaking with one of the great minds working on the Motherhood movie and they said to me – “Have you realised that we don’t acknowledge or celebrate the role of our Mother, Mata Sahib Kaur Jee?” It is something that haunted me – because unwittingly, I became a participant in neglecting a key player in our Sikh Heritage.
Have you noticed that we don’t even mention Matajee’s name in our standard Ardaas.Why is that when we mention and remember the Khalsa – we do not acknowledge or mention the Mother of Khalsa?
This is why this movie is important to me. As a woman, I can see that this movie will play a key part in raising the profile of all Sikh women in our history, and inspiring many women – not just Sikh – in being confident in themselves. Having watched the trailer, I feel that this movie will evoke the courage to have faith, love and devotion, whilst reinforcing the warrior spirit in us all.
– Sukhdeep Kaur, London