By Sarita Khurana
FedEx operates one of its largest US-based hubs in Indianapolis, where over 80% of the employees are South Asians/Punjabi. In April 2021, former Fedex worker Brandon Scott Hole opened fire, killing eight and injuring several others. While the Sikh community grieves the loss of four of its members, the police and FBI conclude their investigations by declaring the mass shooting not as a hate crime. Many, like Amrith Kaur Aaakre of the Sikh Coalition, question the transparency and findings, including why Indiana’s Red Flag Law was not pursued by the prosecutor’s office; the law could have prevented the shooter from purchasing more firearms. As the community rebounds from the tragedy, the local Gurdwaras continue to be a source of healing, strength and resilience for all.
CROSSROADS is the story of a community responding to an act of violence, and their right to be safe and treated equally, as Sikhs living in America.
On May 14, 2022, a white gunman killed 10 people and wounded 3 in a racially-motivated shooting at a Buffalo, NY supermarket located in a predominantly Black neighborhood.
WORLD Channel recognizes the victims and the loss by their families, and acknowledges the violence fueled by the racist hate and extremism that persists in the American narrative and continues to impact communities of color in America.
CROSSROADS was scheduled into our programming in advance of the recent tragedy. The film is one of many in a series of resilience and hope, sharing how a community comes together following a horrific loss, and represents strength in the face of senseless violence.
MEET THE MAKERS: CROSSROADS
Join filmmaker Sarita Khurana and Sikh American activists for a panel event discussing the film, gun violence in America and Sikh representation. Watch the recording.