Turbans (2000)

A Sikh family living in a small Oregon town struggles to retain their cultural identity, particularly the wearing of turbans, in the face of provincial prejudice.


Erika S. Andersen


Erika S. Andersen, Kartar Dhillon (memoirs)
3 wins. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Meera Simhan ... Mrs. Singh - Mother
Kavi Raz ... Mr. Singh - Father
Shishir Kurup ... Shaheed
Juhi Dudani Juhi Dudani ... Rani
Neil Merchant Neil Merchant ... Ranjit
Yogananda Touzene Yogananda Touzene ... Kishan
Kartar Dhillon Kartar Dhillon ... Narrator
Mike Genovese ... School Principal
Nancy Hower Nancy Hower ... Teacher
Rajeev Chhibber ... Kuldeep
Jit Sarkar Jit Sarkar ... Hari
Shelley Malil ... Ashok
Page Leong ... Mother's Friend
Kyle Reed Kyle Reed ... Bully
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Supinder Bedi Supinder Bedi ... Mill Worker / Hair Cutter


In 1918, an Indian immigrant family moves from California to Astoria, Oregon. Although the Singh children are born in the United States, they are referred to as "Hindus" or "Ragheads" and rarely treated as Americans. The daughter, Rani, is ignored and rejected by the other children, while her two brothers, Ranjit and Kishan, are taunted and ultimately attacked for being different. In the Sikh religion hair is sacred, and the parents must decide whether their sons can continue the practice of wearing their hair long, wrapped beneath their turbans, or cut their hair to better assimilate and gain social acceptance. The film is based on the memoirs of director Erika Surat Andersen's grandmother, Kartar Dhillon, who lived in Astoria as a girl. Written by Erika Surat Andersen

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Plot Keywords:

indian | identity | immigration | See All (3) »


Drama | Short







Release Date:

22 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Astoria, Oregon, USA See more »

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