Film breaks silence on 'madness' of Sri Lanka civil war
CANNES: Jude Ratnam is worried how his film might go down with his fellow Sri Lankan Tamils. Demons in Paradise, which is premiering at the Cannes film festival, tells of the bloodbath that drove some Tamils to take up arms in the three decades-long insurgency that tore the island apart.
But the documentary also insists that some of most horrific violence the minority endured was at the hands of the Tamil Tigers. And the “hard truth” comes from the mouths of former Tamil fighters themselves.
“The Sinhalese will claim that I am betraying my country by stirring up the past that is best forgotten. The Tamils will insist that I betrayed our cause by revealing the atrocities committed by the Tamil Tigers.”
As many as 20,000 civilians died as the Tigers, led by Velupillai Prabhakaran, imposed their will through a bloody reign of terror in the Tamil-dominated north. Another 10,000 are believed to have disappeared after being tortured or taken to camps.
“If you don’t recognise that madness and just keep saying we were the victims, you are not facing the truth,” he added.