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