Seven Days in Summer: Countdown to Partition

Seven Days in Summer: Countdown to Partition
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Review

The BBC’s admirable Partition season is looking back at the events of 70 years ago on the Indian subcontinent from every angle and through every lens. This programme uses first-hand testimony (voiced by actors), archive footage and a cast of experts to retell the story. Set over the seven days leading up to the partition of India and creation of Pakistan, it charts how chaos was let loose during the last days of British rule. From the flashpoints of the Punjab and Gandhi’s base in Calcutta to the burning streets of Lahore and beyond, we hear the stories of some of the millions of people affected and explore why the violence was so intense.

Summary

Set over the seven dramatic days leading up to the partition of India and Pakistan, this film gives a blow-by-blow account of that tumultuous week, as chaos consumed the Indian sub-continent during the last days of British Rule. From the flashpoints of the Punjab and Gandhi's base in Calcutta to the burning streets of Lahore and beyond, the film tells the powerful and moving story of some of the millions of people affected by this unique historical event, including original first-hand testimony voiced by actors, powerful archive footage and a cast of insightful experts.

Cast & Crew

Director Paul Berczeller
Executive Producer Sanjay Singhal
Executive Producer Jon Alwen
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