29 June – 16 July 2017


A new work by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Reflections on the Partition of British India

World premiere

Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy reflects on the experiences of people who left their homes during the Partition of British India in 1947, the largest mass migration ever witnessed. This immersive installation puts a human face on history, understanding what it means to find and feel at home.

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.

This moving installation will also feature an elegiac reimagining of a pre-Partition house in British India – a recreation of the sights, sounds and smells of what once was home, drawn from the memories of those displaced by history. HOME1947 will bring to life 70-year-old experiences of displacement, as the refugee crisis continues to affect millions across the world.


An Evening of Sublime Sufi Music
A one-off concert on the opening night of HOME1947, bringing together stars of Sufi music from both India and Pakistan. Check back soon for full details of who’ll be playing at this very special show.

Imagined Homeland
A one-day symposium on the impact of Partition and today’s refugee crisis, organised as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 2018. Click here to book.

Open Film & Photography Competition

We’re inviting you to respond to the themes of HOME1947 by creating a photograph or short film exploring what the word ‘home’ means to you.

Your entry may focus on stories, memories, emotions, journeys, traditions or objects that resonate with the idea of home, perhaps following themes of migration, conflict and loss relating to the same concept.

Two winning entries will be selected to be showcased alongside the world premiere of HOME1947 during MIF17, we’ll also showcase selected runners-up on a range of media platforms during MIF17.

This is an open competition, and anyone of any age can enter. If you’re interested in photography and film, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for work that’s dynamic, engaging, evocative and original. You don’t need advanced digital skills to enter the competition.

For more information and detailed entry guidelines please see the


You will need to submit your completed

submission form

along with your files via wetransfer to home1947@mif.co.uk by midnight on Wed 31 May 2017.

Please note that we’re unable to accept entries by post. Winners will be notified by Wed 14 June 2017.

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