The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Jude Ratnam and maria paz Ramirez.
articule is pleased to co-present the Montreal premiere of Demons in Paradise by Jude Ratnam with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC). Ten years in the making, Demons in Paradise is the silence on Sri Lanka’s devastating civil war.
“Director Jude Ratnam was five when civil war broke out in Sri Lanka in 1983. The war would go on for 30 years; Jude and his parents fled by train from Colombo to the north of the country to escape persecution of the Tamils. His uncle, who lived there, joined the Tamil militants. Ratnam once again takes the same train from south to north, this time as a documentary filmmaker. He follows the traces of the war: the violence, the people who helped and the self-destructive terrorism of the militant groups. His uncle, who now lives in Canada, travels with him. We see the country’s still painful wounds from Ratnam’s point of view. Plants cover the ruins of homes abandoned by Tamils and Ratnam’s compatriots wrestle with painful memories. The constant fear of the wartime period has left deep scars in his family, down to the very youngest generation.” – IDFA catalogue, Amsterdam, 2017.
See the trailer here.
Jude Ratnam is a Sri Lankan filmmaker. His first documentary Demons in Paradise was presented during the Festival de Cannes in 2017 as special screening.
maria paz Ramirez will be in conversation with Jude Ratman, talking about the cinematogrpahy, artistic choices behind the documentary, as well as the controversial subject matter of Demons in Paradise.
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