Demons in Paradise

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    Demons in Paradise

    Directed by

    Sri Lanka, France

    2017

    92 min

    • Tamil

    Documentary

    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.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Jude Ratnam
    Isabelle Marina
    Cinematography
    Chinthaka Somakeerthi
    Mahinda Abeysinghe
    Editing
    Jeanne Oberson
    Music
    Rajkumar Dharshan
    Sales
    UPSIDE DISTRIBUTION
    Production
    SISTER PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    A piece that turns the spotlight on all the ghosts that haunt the country, a painful task that is both commendable and absolutely essential.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Jude Ratnam

    Jude Ratnam

    Sri Lanka

    Jude Ratnam is a Sri Lankan filmmaker. His documentary DEMONS IN PARADISE was selected at Cannes Film Festival 2017.