Unravelling & The Prisoners Song
12/9/2009 to 12/9/2009
Heritage Shared 2009
‘Unravelling' (Urdu 17min) by Kuldip Powar
With music composed by Nitin Sawhney, this short film followed by a panel discussion, is a poetic dialogue between Sawarn Singh - a WWII soldier who fought in Burma, the Middle East and Africa before moving to Coventry, and his grandson Kuldip Powar. ‘Unravelling' combines archive materials and visual art.
In 1916 German scientists made an 80-second audio recording of a Sikh soldier captured at the Battle of Flanders during WWI. The starving soldier, Mal Singh, yearns to return to his home in the Punjab, the "land of butter and milk." Retired Indian Colonel Perminder Randhawa reflects on Mal Singh's fate, and locates his descendants still living in his old village, and still hoping to receive his long-forgotten pension.
Followed by a panel discussion including both Directors.
Time: 2- 4pm
Location: National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea London SW3 4HT
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