Breaking free from the narrative of historians and politicians to see the world through the eyes of those who lived it. 70 years after the partition of India and Pakistan, HOME 1947 explores the real-life experiences of mass migration in an immersive exhibition.


We hosted its world premiere at Northlight Mill in July 2017 as part of Manchester International Festival. Created by two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, HOME 1947 reflects on the largest mass migration ever witnessed and puts a human face on history. It asked what it means to find and feel at home and reveals stories that prove to be greatly relevant today in world where a refugee crisis continue to affect millions around the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

More than 10 million people were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two separate and independent states – India and Pakistan. With HOME 1947, Obaid-Chinoy presents a powerfully personal perspective to the collective story of these people. The exhibition presents a series of short drama and documentary films, a gallery installation, and an elegiac reimagining of a century-old house, recreating the long-lost sights, sounds and smells of what millions once called home.

HOME 1947 was commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the British Council and Super Slow Way. It was produced by Manchester International Festival and The Lowry.

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