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by Jude Ratnam


Sri Lanka 1983, Jude Ratman is five years old. On a red train, he feels 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.

international title: Demons in Paradise
original title: Demons in Paradise
country: Sri Lanka, France
sales agent: Upside Distribution
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Jude Ratnam
film run: 92'
screenplay: Jude Ratnam, Isabelle Marina
cinematography by: Chinthaka Somakeerthi, Mahinda Abeysinghe
film editing: Jeanne Oberson
music: Rajkumar Dharshan
producer: Julie Paratian
production: Sister Productions


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2017
Special Screenings

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