HOME1947 bags Best Film trophy at South Asian Film Festival of Montréal

The critically acclaimed short documentary by SOC Films has won the Best Film Short Documentary award at the festival

By Cutacut Editorial Team

KARACHI: Two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has represented Pakistan on multiple international prestigious platforms. Her work explores issues relevant to Pakistan and puts them on the map. Many of her documentaries have received recognition internationally. The dynamic documentary filmmaker has another feather in her cap. Her series, HOME1947 recently won the Best Film [Short Documentary] award at the South Asian Film Festival Montreal (SIFFM) 2020.

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Conceptualized and produced by SOC Films, HOME1947 is a deeply personal exploration of the lives and stories of the millions who were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two new independent states, India and Pakistan. It recreates the long-lost sights and sounds of what millions once called home and explores this world not through the words of historians and politicians, but through the eyes of those who lived through it. In order to keep their stories alive for coming generations, several very diverse points of view are illuminated through documentary footage, voiceovers, historical archives and nostalgia.

The HOME1947 series was first premiered as part of the HOME1947 Exhibition at the Manchester International Festival in the UK followed by exhibitions in Mumbai [India], Lahore and Karachi.

In addition to HOME1947, other films that bagged the Best Film [Short Documentary] trophy at the SAFFM 2020 include Ghosts of the Past, Midnight Fury, Khamosh Pani (Silent water), Weaving Memories, Zameen and Dark Secrets. South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFM) is the only one of its kind in the great city of Montréal that is committed to showcasing new artistic work that fosters discussions and explores the world we inhabit. The Festival aims to provide a platform for filmmakers worldwide whose films have a focus on South Asia and its diaspora. South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFMontréal) is presented by Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture, a not-for-profit organization promoting various art forms and activities such as music, dance, cinema, literature
and poetry.

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