Division of Hearts

Division of Hearts

The 1947 British subdivision of colonial India into Pakistan and the independent Indian nation caused the loss of 500,000 lives and the relocation of millions-one of the most extensive movement of peoples ever.

After centuries of coexistence, Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims became victims of mutual suspicion as violence swept through the countryside. The resulting mass relocations of these groups transformed village populations overnight.

In DIVISION OF HEARTS ordinary people from Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh - cartdrivers, laborers, tradespeople, farmers - tell this history and recount their own tumultuous experiences. Their memories, combined with archival news film, bear witness to the traumatic birth of two independent nations.

'The real success of this well-produced film is that the refugees' repeated 'why?' and 'what was achieved by this division of hearts?' finds a responsive echo within our own hearts when we view the communal strife in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and in India itself where Sikhs were burnt alive in the haven to which they fled at Partition.' -The Sikh Messenger

'Tells the survivors' stories in graphic and realistic descriptions and visuals. Recommended.' -Landers Film and Video Reviews

'Poignant... an interesting video well worth viewing by South Asian scholars and students.' -W.W. Reinhardt, Choice

'Pick of the Day... An extraordinary slice of history.' -Elizbeth Cowley, Daily Mail (London)

Citation

Main credits

Chappell, Peter (film director)
Chappell, Peter (film producer)
Chappell, Peter (cinematographer)
Khanna, Satti (screenwriter)
Khanna, Satti (film director)

Other credits

Camera, Peter Chappell; editor, Martin Roche.


Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

Anthropology
Asia
Bangladesh
Cultural Anthropology
Geography
Global Studies
History (World)
Human Geography
India
Migration
Pakistan
Sociology
South Asia

Keywords

Pakistan; India; Bangladesh; partition; migration; forced migration; Indian; creation; South Asia; division; subdivision; 1947; upheaval; regional; refugees; documentary; film; video; subcontinent; Independence of India; raj; communal; violence; borders; DVD; regional geography; human populations; political history; historical geography; "Division of Hearts"; Icarus Films;