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2 Dec

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Home1947 series wins big at South Asian Film Festival of Montréal


Another global recognition for Pakistan in 2020! The critically acclaimed series by SOC Films — Home1947 — has won the Best Film [Short Documentary] Award at the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal 2020 (SAFFM).

Home1947 series is a deeply personal exploration of the lives and stories of the millions that were displaced in 1947 during the creation of two new independent states, India and Pakistan. It is a matter of pride and honor that a international platform has valued the intention behind the heart-touching series.



A scene from ‘Weaving Memories’


Conceptualized and produced by SOC Films, Home1947 recreated 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 common man, those who lived through it.



Screengrab from ‘Midnight Fury’


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In order to keep these stories alive for coming generations, diverse points of views are discussed through documentary footage, voiceovers, historical archives and nostalgia. The short films of Home1947 which won the Best Film [Short Documentary] award at SAFFM 2020 included, Ghosts of the Past, Midnight Fury, Khamosh Yaadein (Silent Memories), Weaving Memories, Zameen and Dark Secrets.



Screengrab from ‘Zameen’


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. The short films are now available on SOC Films’ official YouTube channel.



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