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Ocean of Pearls Movie Debut is a Sensation


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    Miami, FL March 12, 2008 – The 25th Annual Miami Film Festival was the home for the international debut of Ocean of Pearls, a film by Dr. Sarab S. Neelam starring Omid Abtahi and Navi Rawat (also found on the CBS hit show “Numb3rs”). The movie sold out three screenings throughout Miami Beach Lincoln Theater and the Byron Carlyle Theater in its first week of showings – which started March 2nd. On hand for these events were the lead actors and the director who enjoyed a Question and Answer session after every viewing. Audiences were impressed with the quality and content of the movie and felt free to ask them any question, making this an interesting end to every screening.

    The movie is the first of its kind in many ways; noteworthy for being the first film out of Hollywood by a Sikh director and also to star a Sikh lead character. The story of Amrit Singh is one of an intense journey and his struggle to find peace as a 20-something young Sikh surgeon grappling to fit in. In his quest for ambitious pursuit of career success, he soon learns that he must first define his own singular identity before he achieves peace.

    Ocean of Pearls received a strong reception from Sikhs as well as the mainly non-Sikh audiences while showing in Miami Beach. Director, Dr. Neelam’s favorite comment was hearing about a young teenage Sikh boy who told his father he was ready to wear a turban after he saw the movie. “This is what we are looking for; action is more powerful than any words, and we know we’ve done good if it helps someone find him/herself” commented Dr. Neelam.

    He was also extremely satisfied with the large non Sikh audiences who really appreciated the film and how the film served as an avenue to expand knowledge in the community. One moviegoer commented “I will now see a Sikh and always look with understanding, not ignorance....”

    Currently, the movie and the director are in Mumbai, India at the Metro Screen 2 Theater (March 13) for the Mumbai International Film Festival.

(L-R) Omid Abtahi, Navi Rawat and Dr. Sarab S. Neelam

    Future showings for Ocean of Pearls include the Landmark Theatre, Los Angeles, CA on March 28 and the Carlton Cinemas, Toronto, Canada on April 5th.

    For more information please contact Sheena Wadhwa at (954)464-6348 or email at

    To learn more about the film and future screenings, please visit

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