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DEMONS IN PARADISE

 
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Category: Feature Length
Duration: 90’
Production year: 2017
Director: Jude Ratnam
2017 Cannes Official Selection - Out of Competition
2017 Douarnenez Festival - Opening Film
2017 Hamburg IFF
2017 Warsaw IFF - Special Screenings
2017 IDFA - Best of Fests
2017 WAR ON SCREEN - International Competition
2017 Adelaide FF
2017 SOUTHASIA FF - Best Film Award
2018 One World International Human Rights Doc FF
2018 CPH:DOX
2018 DOK.fest München/Dok Horizonte Award
2018 Locarno Festival - Open Doors Screenings

Synopsis

Sri Lanka 1983, Jude Ratnam is five years old. On a red train, he flees the massacre of the Tamils instigated by the Pro-Sinhalese majoritarian government. Now a filmmaker, he takes the same train from South to North.
As he advances, the traces of the violence of the 26-year-old war and the one which turned the Tamil’s fight for freedom into a self-destructive terrorism pass before his eyes.
Reminiscing the hidden souvenirs of 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 ten years of work. For the first time, a Tamil documentary filmmaker living in Sri Lanka is seeing the Civil war from the inside.

Produced by Sister Productions and A Work of Art

- "This is the first Sri Lankan film ever to show in the Cannes Film Festival" DMOVIES
https://www.dmovies.org/2017/05/25/...

- "Turns out to be a spine-chilling testimony to rebel violence" The Economic Times - India
https://economictimes.indiatimes.co...

- "The film impresses with its ambition to tell the postcolonial story of Sri Lanka from a Tamil perspective" Les Cahiers du Cinéma

- "Stunning doc" Les Inrocks
https://www.lesinrocks.com/cinema/f...

- "Strong and essential, a first breach in a block of amnesia and silence" Libération
http://next.liberation.fr/cinema/20...