Take part in the very first UK tour of Project Dastaan's award-winning Virtual Reality film "Child of Empire" and see the three part animated series "Lost Migrations."

Explore our postcolonial identity, the aftermath of partition and forced migration and the effects of colonisation as told by those who experienced it.

Child of Empire 

Virtual Reality Film

Take part in an animated virtual reality (VR) docu-drama experience which immerses viewers in one of the largest forced migrations in human history: the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan. The film is directly inspired by real life accounts of three Partition witnesses from both sides of the border.

This free virtual reality experience will be available at 30 minute intervals throughout the day. Drop-in event – places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and will require you to wear a headset.

Lost Migrations 

Animated Films

Watch the three-part animated series which explores the memory, loss and trauma that accompanied the Partition of British India, through the voices of the colonised. Each 6–8-minute episode focuses on a community that has been excluded from South Asian historiography: women, the stateless and the diaspora.

No booking required. Free.

Both films take place in the participation space in the Industrial Gallery.

This event marks the 75th anniversary of Independence and Partition, Project Dastaan is screening its work at various venues in the UK from July 29 till October 31st, and is at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from Monday 8 August to Sunday 14 August only.

This tour is generously supported by: The British Council Digital Collaboration Fund, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts and Humanities Research Council, BFI/Doc Society, the Catchlight Foundation, Arts Council England & Digital Catapult “CreativeXR”, körber-stiftung SOAS South Asia Institute and a storytelling grant from the National Geographic Society and in partnership with South Asian Heritage Month.