A tent called home: ‘Five Rivers’ revisits the events of Partition -
Through this project, Brooklyn-based Sheba Remy Kharbanda and William Charles “Chuck” Moss attempt to understand the complexities of the word “home”, and paint a picture of the disorienting aftermath of Partition.
“It was a course of circumstances. With five children, they had to start a new life. My father was capable of doing anything, like a Pathan,” says Singh, in the film.
As he talks about the family’s constant sense of unbelonging and their new grocery business, a close-up of Singh’s face plays in the central panel of the tent. Around him, images of cramped Shimla hillsides, trays of vegetable, and mountains expand and recede.
The film is for 33 minutes and plays on loop, from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm.