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Demons in paradise

Post by silvermani on Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:41 pm

Sri Lankan filmmaker Jude Ratnam’s début documentary, Demons in Paradise, got the rare red-carpet honour at the Cannes Film Festival recently, but he is certain that he will be called a “traitor” for making it. “For me, the film was a way of confronting the questions I have had since childhood about my Tamil identity,” he told The Hindu in an interview in Colombo. As a five-year-old, Mr. Ratnam fled the capital with his parents to escape the July 1983 anti-Tamil riots. His formative years were spent in the Tamil-majority north-east of the island nation where, as a displaced boy, he witnessed different Tamil militant groups organising themselves. “The young men with guns, preparing to fight the oppressive Sri Lankan Army, looked like heroes to me.”

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