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.

MIF and our partners will soon be inviting you to submit your own response to the themes of HOME1947 in the form of a photograph or short film that communicates what the word ‘home’ means to you, with some fantastic prizes on offer. Check back soon for more information.

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