BRADFORD Cathedral will host an animated VR docu-drama on the 1947 Partition of India next week.

Child of Empire will run from 10am to 4pm from November 14 to 19 (except for on the Tuesday).

It features two men from the Partition generation — Ishar Das Arora (voiced by Adil Hussain), an Indian Hindu who migrated from Pakistan to India, and Iqbal-ud-din Ahmed (voiced by Salman Shahid), a Pakistani Muslim who made the opposite journey — share childhood memories of their experiences.

Audiences can embody the experience of a seven-year-old child at key points in the migration.

Sparsh Ahuja, the film’s co-creator, said: “75 years after their migrations, Partition remains a deeply personal experience for my two grandfathers (Ishar and Jagdish) who directly inspired this film.

"By highlighting the similarities of migration journeys on either side of the border, Child of Empire is a reminder that it is ordinary people that suffer the most when nationalisms are created and torn apart by political elites."

The Revd Ned Lunn, Interim Canon Missioner and Chair of Artspace, added: "At the Cathedral, we have a proud history of inviting and promoting marginalised voices and hosting healing conversations between cultures.

“We are grateful that this sets such a high precedent for all that will follow."