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October 24, 2013

"The Last Killing": A New Short Film by Ensaaf

(Pleasanton, CA)

Ensaaf is proud to announce the upcoming release of a new short film, The Last Killing, about a former policeman’s commitment to fight for justice. The film premiers at Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival in Orange, CA on Saturday, November 23.

Satwant Singh Manak joined the Punjab Police with dreams of making his community safer. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Punjab Police terrorized its own citizens in the name of fighting an insurgency, committing systematic and wide scale torture, disappearances, and unlawful killings. Manak silently witnessed the torture and executions of 15 unarmed individuals at the hands of his fellow police officers. The last killing he witnessed was of Kulwant Singh, a teenager studying in 10th grade. This injustice and brutality awakened Manak. He quit his job and filed a case against his fellow police officers. That case covers ten of the victims.

The film premiers at Sikhlens: Sikh Arts & Film Festival in Orange, CA on Saturday, November 23.

His courage came at a great cost. The police tortured Manak, fatally tortured his father, and threatened his family, but Manak has continued the fight for justice for over 20 years. The film follows him as he organizes the families of the victims to attend a hearing at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Will the court decide to open an inquiry into the murders of their loved ones? Can justice be served in the lifetimes of these survivors? The film examines these questions through interviews with victims' families, case advocate R.S. Bains, and human rights activist Mrs. Paramjit Kaur Khalra.

Please support our work to document these cases and make more films on the Decade of Disappearances.

If you live in or around Orange, CA mark your calendars! We'd love to see you at Sikhlens on Saturday, November 23. The Last Killing will be included in the 3rd cluster of films, which starts at 4pm.