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Under the Turban

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Informative docu sheds light on oft-misunderstood religion.

Movie NR 2017 89 minutes
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This documentary is a revealing look at the Sikh religion -- its practitioners, history, and beliefs. Using a child's simple question as a starting point, Under the Turban challenges the assumptions and misconceptions many hold toward one of the most misunderstood and relatively unknown major religions of the world. In each country where they travel, what emerges is how Sikhs both assimilate the culture in which they live while retaining their own identity. It has always been an egalitarian religion, from its inception in India as it rejected the caste system to its practices today of selflessness and helping those in one's community.

It drags at times, and might not be the most interesting documentary to those who have little interest in religions of the world. Be that as it may, for those who are interested in other cultures and the similarities and differences between the religions of the world, Under the Turban offers a comprehensive presentation of the Sikh religion as a whole and for the individuals who adhere to it.

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