What does it mean to preserve heritage today? Are lived experiences more important than artefacts of the past? Are the needs of the present more pressing than the memories of previous eras? Ought we to treat traces of sacral heritage differently? If heritage deserves our Seva (service) what form should this service take? Ami contrasts the Sikh tradition of cremating holy texts with the efforts of Punjabi scholars and institutions to preserve and digitize rare texts to probe answers to these questions. Seva traverses spaces as diverse as the crematoria, religious spaces, archival shelves, digital units, libraries, and conservation laboratories. In the process it engages with the politics of history and underscores the need for a global dialogue between multiple interpretations of heritage. While the UNESCO charter provides a basis for this dialogue, the film asks us to consider the role that institutions and individuals can play in this process.
This film was screened in Punjabi International Film Festival, Toronto-2013
Duration: 27 Mins, DVD
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