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25 Years

Film Screening "Demons in Paradise" (2017) and Discussion with Filmmaker Jude Ratnam

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Blegen 435

Screening of the film "Demons in Paradise" (2017) and discussion with filmmaker, Jude Ratnam

Facilitated by: 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. 

Co-sponsored by: UMN Departments of Asian Languages and Literatures, English, and the Human Rights Program