The Massacre That Shook The Empire


1 x 60'

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Sugar Films

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On 13th April 1919, troops under British command shot and killed hundreds of Indian men, women and children at the Jallianwala Bagh (a park) in Amritsar. Over a thousand more were wounded. The figures are approximate because the British didn’t try to help their victims, let alone count them.

Presented by The Times journalist, Sathnam Sanghera, this film reveals the savage cruelty of the British strategy. On a personal journey to educate himself about the event, Sanghera turns the pages of history through the testimonies of people there on the day, carefully preserved by various Indian historical organisations.

The programme contains interviews with various Indian historians who are behind this impressive curation and footage of the Jallianwala Bagh today reveals the century old evidence of the massacre – bullet holes in the walls around the park.

"I believe," says Sanghera, "the Amritsar massacre was the moment Britain lost its empire."

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