‘HOME1947’ by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy wins big at the Montreal Film Festival

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s critically acclaimed series HOME1947 has won the Best Film [Short Documentary] Award at the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal 2020. The series is an 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. HOME1947 is produced and conceptualised by SOC Films and recreates the long-lost sights and sounds of what millions once called home and explores this world not through the words of historians and politicians, but through the eyes of those who lived through it. In order to keep their stories alive for coming generations, several very diverse points of view are illuminated through documentary footage, voiceovers and historical archives. The short films of HOME1947 which won the Best Film [Short Documentary] award at SAFFM 2020 included Ghosts of the Past, Midnight Fury, Khamosh Pani (Silent water), Weaving Memories, Zameen and Dark Secrets.