Demons in Paradise

  • Jude Ratnam
  • France, Sri Lanka
  • 2017
  • 94 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests
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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.

Credits

Director
Jude Ratnam
Production
Jude Ratnam for 'KRITI' - A Work of Art, Julie Paratian for Sister Productions

Contact

World Sales
Johan De Faria for Upside Distribution
Festival Handling
Estelle De Araujo for Upside Distribution

More information

Available versions
90
Spoken languages
Sinhalese
Tamil
English

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IDFA history

2017
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
2015
Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production
2010
Supported with €15000 for Classic: Production & postproduction
2009
Supported with €4000 for Classic: Development

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