In 1947, after a protracted struggle, India achieved freedom at the cost of dividing the nation in two. Thousands of people were killed in the wake of violent religious and ethnic riots and millions of people were forced to flee. The director’s parents too had to leave their ancestral home for an unknown future. More than fifty years later they are returning to their homeland in Bangladesh. Supriyo Sen documents his parent’s journey, their memories and the sense of history that arises from their personal recollections on their way back home.
Benjamin Zachariah is a historian at the University of Trier. He completed his BA from Presidency College, Calcutta, and his PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge. He published several books on modern Indian history.