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‘North of 49’ Shown at Hobart and William Smith

Documentary about arson and forgiveness in a post-Sept. 11 world to be screened.

(December 1, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—As part of its “12 Windows” film series, Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Partnership for Global Education presents a film examining intercultural relations in the aftermath of Sept. 11. “North of 49” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges' campus.

This event is co-sponsored by the Colleges’ Human Rights and Genocide Forum, religious studies department and Asian studies program. The film and following discussion are free, and the public is invited to attend.

“North of 49” is a story about arson, forgiveness and healing based on events surrounding the attack on the Gobind Sadan Sikh temple in upstate New York. Four teenagers from Oswego County destroyed the sacred place of neighbors who practiced an unfamiliar religion rooted in an unfamiliar culture. Instead of hatred, however, the act released a force of love and forgiveness. Immediately after the teens were arrested, the Sikhs forgave them—while acknowledging they had to be punished for their crime.

The hour-long documentary was co-produced by Richard Breyer and David Coryell. Breyer is a professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Coryell is a screenwriter and adjunct professor at the Newhouse School in the Department of Television, Radio and Film.

Ralph Singh, leader of the Sikh community north of Syracuse, will introduce the film and lead the discussion afterward.