HOME1947 Wins at The South Asian Film Festival

The Academy Award winner, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has done it again! Her Pakistani short film HOME1947 won Best Film at the South Asian Film Festival.

The Pakistani short-film HOME1947 managed to win the award for Best Film (short documentary) at the South Asian Film Festival in Montreal 2020.

The critically judged film, HOME1947, made by the two-time Academy Awards winner, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, dives into the stories of the multiple people who were left astray during partition time in 1947- it displays the heart-wrenching scenes of partition and managed to win the South Asian Film Festival.

HOME1947 is a recreation of the historic event from the perspective of those who had witnessed it firsthand. Sharmeen was quick to take to Instagram to announce her win. She says, Excited to share the news that @soc_films critically acclaimed series HOME1947 has won the Best Film [Short Documentary] Award at the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal 2020. Kudos to the team!”

“HOME1947 is a deeply personal exploration of the lives and stories of the millions that were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two new independent states, India and Pakistan,” she added.

Chinoy’s beautifully produced film shows us how 10 million people were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two newly independent states. HOME1947 brought a powerfully personal perspective to their collective story through a series of short drama and documentary films, a gallery installation, and an extraordinary reimagining of a century-old house, recreating the long-lost sights, sounds, and smells of what millions once called home. Which is what won the Best Film prize at the South Asian Film Festival.

HOME1947 was commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the British Council, and Super Slow Way. Produced by Manchester International Festival and The Lowry.

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