HOME1947 was a brand new, immersive installation from two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy which used interactive mixed-media to reflect on the experiences of people who left their homes during the Partition of British India in 1947, the largest mass migration ever witnessed.

To complement Sharmeen’s new work, we invited artists to respond to the themes of HOME1947 by creating a photograph or short film exploring what the word ‘home’ means to you.

The winning entries in both the film and photography categories  are listed below with their work showcased alongside the world premiere of HOME1947 during MIF17. Winners were also invited to meet Sharmeen and her team, and received a £200 voucher to spend on new film or photography equipment.


Natalie Lee
Natalie shares her response to ideas of home, memory, grief, and attachment to the built environment. The film is about journeys, pathways and knowing the streets like the back of your hand.

Amber Khokhar
Amber currently lives in London and captures an old map including the River Thames, layered with cypress trees and tower blocks. The objects are her princess shoes from the place of her birth; a romantic mystery; display dolls; a kantha presented at her family’s arrival at Lahore Airport.


Kariim Case
Kariim explores the meaning of ‘home’ and examines the changing attitude to the word ‘home’ created by the transatlantic slave trade.

Zineb Barrais
Zineb explores some of the moments of diversity, unity and sense of community seen in Manchester, which has lately started feeling like a second home to her.

Thank you to all the submissions and congratulations to the winners.


Photo: © Amber Khokhar

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