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MA degrees
Mass Media Communications
Columbia University

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‘Mistaken Identity’ draws great attention

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THREE years ago New York independent film producer, Vinanti Sarkar, directed and produced the documentary Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America, a film on the plight of Sikhs after 9/11.

Since making the documentary, Vinanti has been campaigning and marketing it aggressively to get sponsors to bring the film to as many countries as possible.
"Though this documentary is about Sikhs, it has an international message on the need for understanding and tolerance," she said.
"The documentary has cost me more than I had budgeted for and Sikh leaders who promised to underwrite some of the costs have not been forthcoming."
Still, Vinanti is proud of her film.
Besides Vinanti, the others involved in making Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America were young host Amanda Gesine, and Philip Marshall (four-time Emmy award-winning editor).
Vinanti, who is president of WLWD Inc, New York (a boutique digital television production house), took over nine months to shoot the documentary.
A Columbia University film graduate, Vinanti, who has been in the US for the past 25 years, said that was why she was working hard to have it shown all over the world.
It has already crossed the Atlantic into Europe and the continent and her next stop would most likely be India.
"I would then be going to Singapore and possibly Malaysia," said Vinanti, who has been producing films about cultural diversity for several years.

First TV Program on Sikh Americans After 9/11 – Mistaken Identity – PAHS Press Release | Punjabi American Heritage Society – PAHS – Punjabi Culture in Yuba City

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Produced and directed by Vinanti Sarkar, President of WLWD 2000 Inc. (a boutique digital TV production company) headquartered in midtown New York.

Global Cultural Diversity Films. Events

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President of WLWD 2000 Inc./Producer/Director/ Scriptwriter
For over 15 years, Ms Sarkar has produced and directed 35/16mn film, video and digital HD TV programs, and first made a name for herself as "Our Girl From New York" correspondent for the STATESMAN Magazine. She interviewed renowned film/TV/musical celebrities, which included: the Beatles, Ravi Shanker, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Hollywood's Clint Eastwood, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, politicians like Richard Nixon, the Clintons, etc. In addition, she helped to conceive the first NRI newspaper called INDIA ABROAD (while working at the United Nations headquarters in New York), which was sold to Rediff.com. From her interests as a photo-journalist and multimedia professional, she moved into filmmaking and distribution, after she graduated from Columbia University (New York) with two MA degrees and an ABD doctoral thesis in Mass Media Communications, using new media, computers and instructional technology, and specializing in docu-dramatic TV programs and film projects. Her ambition was to produce inspirational "life skill" TV dramas to educate India's illiterate millions in villages via satellite TV, but she returned to the U.S. to produce culturally diversified films for North America.
For her first documentary film assignment, she was awarded a budget of $100,000 for her idea to direct , "SHAKTI: She is Vital Energy", on rural women of India, (in French & English), which was later translated into 55 languages for worldwide distribution, by the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, Canada. She continued to work as an investigative reporter/film journalist on the TV series: "THE AMERICAN FAMILY" focusing on (I) Caring & Intimacy; (ii) Single Female Parent; (iii) Single Male Parent; (iv) Battered Women; (v) Teenage Pregnancy; and (vi) Child Abuse. Then as an independent filmmaker, she produced and directed, "ALL THAT GLITTERS ... ?" on the rich and famous i.e.

Newsletter Issue 38

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Conceived by host/investigative TV journalist 22-year old Ms. Amanda Gesine and Ms. Vinanti Sarkar, Producer,Director, they hired Philip Marshall (4-time Emmy award winning editor) to edit over 40 hours of digital video.

Please contact New York Office : Vinanti Sarkar, Producer & Director, MISTAKEN IDENTITY: Sikhs in America 425 East 51st Street, New York, NY 10022 Tel: 212-759-4568 Website: www.mi-sia.com
Vinanti SarkarProducer & Director

NRIPulse.com^^^Home Of The Indian American Family

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From Left to Right: Ramsarup Singh, Bhupinder Singh Liddar, Rinku Deswal, David Kilgour, Suresh Jaura, Vinanti Sarkar, Sam Mukherjee.

Ramsarup Singh, President of the Ottawa Sikh Society Gurdwara, applauded Ms Vinanti Sarkar the producer of Mistaken Identity for bringing out the story of hatred that Sikhs were subjected to after 9/11, and highlighting the different aspects of Sikh religion.

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