Waking in Oak Creek | Not in Our Town

Waking in Oak Creek

A community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed.

A documentary presented by Not In Our Town and the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office

About the Film

As the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepares for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shatters their lives, but not their resilience. After six worshipers are killed by a white supremacist, the local community finds inspiration in the Sikh tradition of forgiveness and faith. Lieutenant Murphy, shot 15 times in the attack, joins the mayor and police chief as they forge new bonds with the Sikh community. Young temple members, still grieving, emerge as leaders in the quest to end the violence. In the year following the tragedy, thousands gather for vigils and community events to honor the victims and seek connection. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism.

This film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

Documentary - 34 minutes


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There is no place in the United States of America for hate crimes of any sort, as a veteran it disgusts me to see so called supremisists (more like failures) that can have this much hate. I wish the Sikh community all the best from the REAL AMERICANS.

I am merely saddened with the fact that this is a huge issue, not only in our beautiful city but around the world as we know it !! God made us all the same no matter what our color is , we all bleed the same & we all have the same body parts within!! This has come to my full & utmost attention after observing and seeing alot of this awfull behavior here in my city!! May PEACE & LOVE along with my prayers be with those that were raised to merely hate those with different colors!!

I requested the film for screening, then noticed that there are lesson plans. I'd like to show this and do a lesson on it in my classroom at Noyo High School, a continuation high school.

Thank you.

Great to hear that you'd like to show the film to your high school class, Karen! We'd love to hear how your screening goes. Please drop us a line at info@niot.org—and also feel free to let us know if you have any questions about using the film with your students.

You can also download more free lesson plans, resources, and short videos in the Not In Our School section of our website.

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