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Al-Jazeera Witness – Demons in Paradise: Memories of Sri Lanka’s Civil War (2018)

Al-Jazeera Witness 2018 Demons in Paradise

In 1983, Sri Lanka was torn apart by riots targeting the Tamil minority, sparking a war that lasted almost 30 years and left indelible scars on the country.

Filmmaker Jude Ratnam was five years old when he fled the Sinhalese-dominated south to go to the Tamil strongholds in the north by train. But there was no sanctuary to be found as the Tamil rebellion descended into deadly in-fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, known as the Tamil Tigers, and other factions.

Now, the return of Ratnam’s ex-guerrilla uncle from overseas exile provides the occasion for a reopening of old wounds and an impassioned consideration of what went wrong. For the first time, a Tamil filmmaker reflects upon the experience and impact of three decades of civil war from the inside.

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