WHO WAS GURU NANAK
Born in 1469 in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, Guru Nanak Dev Ji is the first guru and founder of Sikhism – the fifth largest religion in the world. While born into a Hindu family of a high caste, Guru Nanak had a revelatory experience at a young age, denounced his faith and caste, and realized that “there is one God and one human race.”
He traveled extensively to spread his belief that we can find the divinity within each of us through prayer, humility, service, meditation, and virtuous living. He was a poet, a mystic, a philosopher, and a singer who denounced ritualism as well as discrimination against women and those of lower socioeconomic status. Nanak’s followers became known as Sikhs, which means seekers of truth.
ABOUT THE FILM
This year will mark the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. As a visionary, feminist, and innovator, Guru Nanak was a revolutionary leader who stood up for the rights of people on the fringes of society. Despite his vision and the relevance of his teachings — virtually no Americans have heard of Guru Nanak
This documentary will educate Americans about Guru Nanak and about his vision to create a more equal society. In addition, the documentary will show examples of Sikhs making a difference in the lives of many people here in America and other parts of the world by following the teachings of Guru Nanak!
The documentary will air on PBS in early 2020.
The film includes narration by reputable religious figures such as Bishop Chane, a Christian leader and former head of the Washington National Cathedral; Rabbi David Rosen, a Jewish authority and well respected interfaith leader; Bob Thurman, a Buddhist scholar and one of Time magazine’s 50 most influential people; Dr. Saran, a Hindu scholar from Georgetown University. Also featured are well-respected authors including Ambassador Navtej Sarna, Roopinder Singh, Nikky Guninder Kaur, and Kamla Kapur.
Gerald Krell is President of Auteur Productions and a Producer/Director. Before founding Auteur he traveled around the world creating documentaries for the United States Information Agency (USIA). He has produced and directed award-winning national public television interfaith documentaries including most recently: “Your Health: A Sacred Matter.”
Previously he produced and directed “The Asian & Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter in America,” which was an official selection of the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival. His past work also includes “Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam”, which The New York Times called thought provoking, and “Jews and Christians: A Journey of Faith”, of which The Seattle
Post-Intelligencer said: “As a thoughtful guide to respect and tolerance ‘A Journey of Faith’ may have no peer.
Adam Krell is a triple threat producer-videographer-editor on documentary projects and client work.
He is the producer for the World Affairs Council’s long running international affairs event series. Guests on the program have included Nobel Laureate Economist Joseph Stiglitz, General Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and General Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA.
He has also produced content for clients such as: JW Aluminum, The Willard InterContinental Hotel, The American Institute for Architects, and The Confucius Institute. He’s travelled internationally for film projects from Mexico to Tanzania.