Child of Empire
Project Dastaan (داستان/दास्तान: “Story”) is a peacebuilding initiative reconnecting individuals displaced during the 1947 Partition with their ancestral villages through VR. We have conducted, filmed and edited interviews with Partition survivors across the UK, India and Pakistan in five languages. Our work has been featured in TIME, The BBC, Reuters and Elle amongst others.
The Project is generously supported by the CatchLight Foundation, Digital Catapult and Arts Council, National Geographic, The British Council, and BFI/Doc Society. We've presented at UK Parliament as a founding member of the South Asian Heritage Month Campaign lobby and various colleges across India, Pakistan and the UK.
Advisors on the Project include: Gabo Arora, William Dalrymple, Aanchal Malhotra, Anam Zakaria, Malala Yousufzai, Suroosh Alvi, Dr. Faisal Devji, Asha Easton, Dr. Kate Sullivan De Estrada, Dr. Sundas Ali, Anita Rani, Dr. Shahidul Alam, Asad J. Malik, Gayatri Parameswaran, Dr. Yasmin Khan
PRODUCED BY: Project Dastaan and Anzu Films
INSPIRED BY THE REAL LIFE ACCOUNTS OF: Ishar Das Arora, Jagdish Chandra Ahuja and Iqbal-ud-Din Ahmed
CAST: Ishar played by: Adil Hussain, Iqbal played by: Salman Shahid, Narration: Amira Gill
CREATED BY: Sparsh Ahuja and Erfan Saadati
ART DIRECTOR: Stephen Stephenson
WRITTEN BY: Omi Zola Gupta
CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT: Sparsh Ahuja, Saadia Gardezi
PRODUCERS: Sparsh Ahuja, Erfan Saadati, Sam Dalrymple, Saadia Gardezi
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lisa Marie Russo, Erica Garber, Elodie Mailliet-Storm, Liz Rosenthal, Sharon McHallum, Mirko M. Scolari