Feb 14 Tamil film on civil war

2.14.18 ~ 4pm ~ Blegen Hall 435

Film Screening of Demons in Paradise (2017)
Discussion to follow with Filmmaker Jude Ratnam and Professor V.V. Ganeshananthan, Department of English

For the first time, a Tamil filmmaker living in Sri Lanka views the civil war from the inside. In 1983, Sri Lanka was torn apart by riots targeting the Tamil minority and a war started that was to last 30 thirty years and leave indelible scars on the country. As a young child, Jude Ratnam fled to the Tamil strongholds in the north. But even here there was no sanctuary to be found as the Tamil rebellion descended into deadly in-fighting between the Tigers and other factions. Now the return of Ratnam’s ex-guerrilla uncle from overseas exile provides the occasion for a re-opening of these old wounds and an impassioned consideration of what went wrong. 
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