‘The issues are universal’ says the team behind animated short film ‘American Sikh’

Melbourne-based Studio Showoff produced and directed the animation for "American Sikh" which is set to screen at the Melbourne International Animation Festival in May. Art and animation director Sean Zwan shares how Australian audiences too can resonate with this "universal" story, reports SBS Punjabi

The “American Sikh” team, L to R: Ryan Westra, Nathan Mulroy, Vishavjit Singh, Nick Campbell, and Sean Zwan. Credit: Studio Showoff

By Jasmeet Kaur | SBS Punjabi | Australia |

Melbourne-based Studio Showoff have brought director Ryan Westra’s vision and Vishavjit Singh’s story to life.

Art and animation director Sean Zwan shared the creative process and universal relevance in a written statement for SBS Punjabi.

Set in the United States, the film follows Vishavjit’s experiences of intolerance, racism and violent hate crimes he faced as a Sikh in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001.

The journey leads to the turban-wearing and bearded main character finally finding acceptance in a superhero costume.
As with the United States, Australia is home to people from a wide range of cultures, languages, and religions, with over 30 per cent of Australians born overseas.

However, the Studio Showoff team said they believed the film would resonate with all Australians.

“Sikhs and immigrants from other countries who live in Australia will hopefully be able to relate to this film and be inspired by Vish’s bravery, perseverance, sense of humour, and positive response to adversity,” Zwan said.

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Vishavjit Singh depicted in animated short film American Sikh


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