Objects of Value (funding a film about Yadivindra Singh Saroya)

My friend Yadivindra Singh Saroya passed away on 6 October 2015. Het was only 49 years old. We had been friends for 28 years. As a photographer I documented his life intensively. I was there when he got introduced to his future wife, when he got married and when his parents died. Together we visited al kinds of people and places. In those years we made big plans for projects and films. The last plan was a film about our friendship. He died to soon. Now I will make a film with the people he loved, inspired by the past we shared.

Yadi was a warm blooded man. Really interested in other people’s lives and a strong communicator. He also had a mysterious side, traveling to the Middle East and various other countries on what he told us where business trips. He was a negotiator and helped people out, he said. He sometimes told us hard to believe stories of princes, kings, secret worlds and deals without to many details. Speaking about him in the week of his cremation some of Yadi’s beloved ones told me that they where not always able to separate facts from fiction from his words but at the same time they realized that some things he had been speaking about were confirmed by people who could know.

I really have to figure out the complete picture. To do so I intent to research the world of Yadivindra Singh Saroya and interview the people that surrounded him. My film will be a investigation into the mystery left by my friend I thought I knew so well. I also hope to give a inside picture of a remarkable man who was both a proud Sikh as a lively boy who loved soul music and making fun. The people around him will tell the story, starting with his wife Pamela and his two sons Ajai and Ishaan. Together with Yadi’s inner circle I will search for answers to many questions.

This takes time and money. Getting funding for a project like this at this stage will be difficult. Why not make a real independent production funded by selling my personal collections? People who have been in my house and my studio know that I’ve been collecting half the world over the years. Books, equipment and objects represent the stories I have been working on or was inspired by. I’ve decided to let the objects of value go to make this film possible. These are high quality books, photo’s, camera’s and other things that might inspire you and by purchasing one or two for real market value you are funding my film.

Prices from €2. Shipment in the Netherlands is for free unless stated otherwise. Shipment to other countries has to be calculated.


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