Balbir the Barber
Director: Shane Gill
Humble the Poet & Shane Gill
Inspired by the barber shop sequence from Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’. ‘Balbir the Barber‘ is about a Punjabi Sikh Sardar who opens a barber shop. Opening a barber shop as a Punjabi Sikh Sardar is taboo because it goes against one of the core beliefs of Sikhism which is to not cut their hair. Balbir, accompanied by his two best friends, debate about various topics ranging from the greatest Punjabi singer to the greatest wrestler of all-time. The ‘Turban in the Barber Shop’ is addressed when one of Balbir’s customers is a young Sikh male seeking a haircut for the very first time.
Shane Gill is a Bay Area based filmmaker who specializes in stories about South Asian diaspora and specifically Sikh Punjabi issues. He has a Bachelor of Art in Film Production from San Francisco State University and has participated in the production of over 25 short and feature length films. In 2011, Shane started his own production company called Fridge Media where he promotes and gives a voice to South Asian topics and artists. Shane has produced and directed music videos and short films in collaboration with South Asian artists all over the world.
Shot on the RED ONE in Union City, CA.