MIF17: HOME1947

By Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and co-produced by The Lowry | Sat 1 - Sun 9 July Daily 10am-7pm

A new work by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy - HOME1947 is centred on a series of short films featuring families in India and Pakistan, who were among more than 10 million people displaced by Partition. The films see ‘home’ through the eyes of migrants who left their homes and never returned – ‘home’ as a physical place, but also as a concept, an ideal, a shared tradition.
  • Venue: The Studio

Past Exhibition

A new work by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy | Personal reflections on Partition

World premiere 

In this unique and deeply beautiful immersive exhibition, two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy reflects on the largest mass migration ever witnessed, which took place exactly 70 years ago this year. HOME1947 puts a human face on history, asking what it means to find and feel at home. 

More than 10 million people were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two new independent states, India and Pakistan. HOME1947 brings a powerfully personal perspective to their collective story – through 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. 

As the refugee crisis continues to affect millions across the world, HOME1947 shows us this world not through the words of historians and politicians, but through the eyes of those who lived through it.

Additional Information


Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy - Artist

Maheen Sadiq & Aleeha Badat - Producers

Ali Asghar Alavi - Design Consultant

With contributions from Mobeen Ansari, Taha Malik & The Citizens Archive of Pakistan


HOME1947 commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the British Council and Super Slow Way. Produced by Manchester International Festival and The Lowry.
Photo: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy in Karachi, Pakistan, January 2017 © Nadir Siddiqui

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