One Hour Intro/ Partition on Film

The act of Partition in 1947 was a traumatic moment in the history of South Asia, leading to unimaginable horrors of displacement, communalism and forced migration. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India.

This talk will reflect on the imaginings of Partition, notably in Indian cinema, uncovering some of the reasons why there continues to be a relative silence around such a divisive history, how filmmakers have responded and intervened over the years to the events of Partition, and the contested role film has played in helping to come to terms with the traumatic aftermath of Partition. The talk will be supported with sequences from key films on Partition.

Led by Omar Ahmed, curator of Not Just Bollywood, which runs here at HOME in September 2017.