DOCUMENTARY Sri Lanka, 1983: at the age of five, Jude Ratnam fled the massacre of the Tamil minority by the Sinhalese majority. 30 years later, he returns as a film-maker. Travelling on the same red train as during his escape, he looks for traces of the conflict that turned from a fight for independence into self-destructive terrorism. At the sites of past conflict, Ratnam’s memories rub shoulders with those of former fighters. With Demons in Paradise, a Tamil film-maker for the first time reveals his view of the history of the bloody civil war that didn’t end until 2009.
JUDE RATNAM (*1978) was born the son of a priest in Colombo, from where he had to flee as a child to the Northern, Tamil-controlled part of Sri Lanka. He worked for various NGOs before deciding to become a film-maker. He worked for ten years on his debut film Demons in Paradise, which premièred at the Cannes Festival.
Demons in Paradise
English, Tamil, Sinhala
France, Sri Lanka
OV with English subtitles
Jude Ratnam, Isabelle Marina
Chinthaka Somakeerthi, Mahinda Abeysinghe
Sister Productions; Kriti a Work of Art
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