Demons in Paradise
- Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:30
Demons in Paradise - France, Sri Lanka, 2017, 94’
Director: JUDE RATNAM
Jude Ratnam obtained a degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Kamaraj in southern India, before studying cinema at the School of Media Art and Management in Sri Lanka. In 2006, he left his post at the NGO he was working at, and started making films. He is currently working on some new film projects in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, 1983: Jude Ratnam was five years old. He fled the massacre of the Tamils instigated by the majority-Sinhalese government on a red train. Now a filmmaker, he takes the same train from the south to the north of the island. As he advances, the traces of violence left by the 26-year-old war, which turned the Tamil’s fight for freedom into self-destructive terrorism, pass before his eyes. Reminiscing about the fighters and Tamil Tigers, he unveils the repressed memories of his compatriots, opening the door to a new era and making peace possible again.
Demons in Paradise is the result of 10 years of work. For the first time, a Tamil documentary filmmaker living in Sri Lanka is showing the civil war from the inside.
The film was nominated for Golden Camera and Golden Eye awards at 2017 Cannes Film Festival.