Child of Empire - Project Dastaan

20 min
1 episode
Child of Empire is an animated VR documentary which puts you inside the shoes of a 7 year old child during the largest forced migration in human history, the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan.

An interactive experience built for Oculus Quest, the film navigates sectarianism, colonialism and identity at a time of deep political crisis. 

Throughout the experience, you are guided by a 7 year old child (The Child of Empire), whose story is a kaleidoscope of three real life witness recounts. The viewer, as an imaginary friend to the Child, witnesses key moments in the migration journey. You could be hiding from a violent mob in the backroom of a shop with Ishar Das Arora, a Punjabi farmer boy from Attock; accidentally glimpsing a truck piled with dead bodies when arriving in Pakistan with Zarina Akram, a Mohajir girl who fled her home in Delhi on the day of Eid, and rejoicing at the eventual independence of the subcontinent with Tarapada De in a refugee camp in Bengal.

Interspersed throughout the journey are historical flashbacks, built with archive content, which educate the viewer about this critical moment in history.

General informations

Writer :
Omi Zola Gupta

Type :
Virtual Reality - 360 Video

Production companies :
Anzu Films

Crew & cast

Art director :
Stephen Stephenson
Graphic artist :
Ollie Cameron
Rigger :
Adrian Neacşu
CG Animation Supervisor :
Vlad Stoenescu
VR Producer :
Lewis Ball
Lead Developer :
Stephen Stephenson
Storyboarder :
Ollie Cameron
Special Thanks :
Ameena Malak