The story is set in Lahore in the time period directly before and during the partition of India in 1947 at the time of Indian Independence. Lenny, a young woman, tells the story of her childhood. She is adored and protected by her wealthy Parsi family and cared for by her Ayah (nanny) named Shanta. Shanta is a beautiful Hindu girl and she is contended by a group of friends from different faiths and different culture who spend their days together in the park. With partition, however, this once unified group of friends becomes divided and tragedy ensues.
Deepa Mehta – guest of River to River in 2015 – is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and been sold and distributed around the globe. Known for her Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water, the final film of which received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language. Amongst her many honours, she has received her star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinema at the Reykjavík International Film Festival.