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Pichla Varka by Priyanka Chhabra

Dadi and her friends share a common history - of being Partition refugees who came to India after the state of Pakistan was created, and eventually settled in the capital of Delhi. They remain the last generation of people who can ever tell us what the partition of Punjab was like, or what pre-partition India was like. Pichla Varkha looks at the experiences of ordinary women who experienced the violence and uncertainty of leaving their homeland, their mulk, to enter a new country in 1947. How does history play out in ordinary lives?

Priyanka Chhabra's work explores themes of memory, time, landscape and relationships of people to places. Her previous works include A Summer Flu, Shape of Trees, Shame was a Place Inside, Oranges and Mangoes and The Furnished Room. Her work has been exhibited at Oberhausen, Rotterdam, York and Mumbai. She currently lives and works between Delhi and Manali.

  • Cinematographer, Animator: Priyanka Chhabra
  • Editor: Anupama Chandra
  • Audio Post-Production: Barren Sound
  • Re-Recordist: Aditya Virmani
  • Project Partner: Doordarshan

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