Synopsis: Partitions is a short film about a Sindhi woman’s migration to Singapore following the Partition of India in 1947. The film takes an observational approach, juxtaposing fragmented recollections of the past - drawing on photographs, state documents, oral histories – with enduring practices of the present.
Screenings & Festivals: Bulanuiung Programme, Againsty Disimagination (2021) Singapore; National Youth Film Awards 2021. Singapore; Singapore Shorts 2021, Asian Film Archive; Bali International Short Film Festival 2021; Spain Moving Images Festival 2021; Global Indian Film Festival 2021; Objectifs Film Library, Singapore; National Youth Film Awards 2021 Shorts Collection; Minikino Monthly Screening March 2022; The Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival
Director Statement: Singapore is widely known for its ethnic diversity and pluralistic society. However, its Chinese-Malay-Indian-Others (CMIO) racial categorisation, a colonial administrative legacy which pervades all post-independence social policies, has led to diminished acknowledgment of the real diversity of the sub-ethnic groups that make up the nation. This short film is but one attempt to show that there is more to this categorisation, and also more to the story of pre-independence migration to Singapore. The work also represents a break away from having films presented in the dominant languages associated with Singapore, possibly being the first Sindhi language film in Singapore.