The Massacre That Shook the Empire

The Massacre That Shook the Empire
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Review

Exactly 100 years ago British troops opened fire on a crowd of men, women and children who were gathered in a public park in Amritsar, India, to protest against colonial rule. Facts about the Jallianwala Bagh massacre – how many were killed or injured, whether they did have weapons, whether the park gates were locked or not – are confused but it was undeniably a turning point (and tragically dark moment) in our colonial history.

Writer and British Sikh Sathnam Sanghera (author of The Boy with the Topknot) explores the profound implications of the massacre and reflects on what the legacy of Empire means for Britain today.

Summary

Writer Sathnam Sanghera explores the events leading up to 1919's Jallianwala Bagh massacre, in which hundreds of peaceful protestors in Amritsar, India, were gunned down by British troops. Sathnam explores the profound implications of the massacre on modern attitudes to the British Empire, and travels to Punjab to meet descendants of the survivors.

Cast & Crew

Director Chris Durlacher
Executive Producer Narinder Minhas
Producer Chris Durlacher
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