Each night the only bordercrossing between India and Pakistan on a 1000km stretch becomes the sight of an extraordinary event. Thousands of people gather to witness the ritual closing of the border, after which the masses get as close as possible to the gate to greet their former neighbours. This “festival” is therefore on the one hand a celebration of the partition, but on the other hand also the only connecting element. What do the terms separation, home and proximity mean to the people on both sides? Three kids who are selling DVDs at the parade bring us closer to the truth.
Supriyo Sen lives and works as an author and director in Calcutta and New Delhi. He graduated from the University of Calcutta, Journalism Department. He has won twenty-five International awards and three National Awards.
Wait until Death (1995), Dream of Hanif (1997), The Nest (2000), Way Back Home (2003), Hope Dies Last in War (2006), Rupban – The Beautiful (2008), Wagah (2009)