News By/Courtesy: Pramila | 09 Oct 2018 14:43pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A Sri Lankan filmmaker, Jude Ratnam, of Tamil origin filmed on the country's civil war, which was removed from the list of scheduled movies to be played at the Jaffna International Cinema Festival.
  • This move was criticized and raised questions over the scope of freedom to express in Northern Sri Lanka after war.
  • As per Jude Ratnam, the organizers of the festival had decided to remove the film from the scheduled programme, citing a pressure from the community.

A Sri Lankan filmmaker, Jude Ratnam, of Tamil origin filmed on the country's civil war, which was removed from the list of scheduled movies to be played at the Jaffna International Cinema Festival later this week. This move was criticized and raised questions over the scope of freedom to express in Northern Sri Lanka after the war.

As per Jude Ratnam, the organizers of the festival had decided to remove the film from the scheduled programme, citing a pressure from the community. The name of the film is Demons in Paradise. On Monday, the director gave a statement and said that so far he has not provided with a proper explanation for the removal of his film and feels that this is a case of censorship and also a breach of his right to freedom of expression which is his fundamental right.

Director of the festival Mr. Anomaa Rajakaruna alleged the director that he walked out of the discussion and claimed that the slot that was allocated to the film of Mr. Ratnam was never closed as per the schedule. The organizers underscored the need for a discussion in finding the space for freedom of expression, which was the query of The Hindu and remained unanswered by Mr. Rajakaruna.

Different venues in Jaffna are all set to hold the fourth edition of the film festival from October 3 to 8 featuring work from about 30 countries. The film Demons in Paradise focuses on the battles fought by the Tamil community during the civil war. The film received a red-carpet honor at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 and had made its place to many other international film festivals. This was the first chance to screen this film for Mr. Ratnam in Jaffna as per his statement.

The critique also came by the side of LTTE which is from within the community and is very uncommon but for many Tamils, the struggle by the rebel Tigers to eradicate the historic brutality and discrimination done against the minor Tamil community in the State of Sri Lanka will always remain a heroic effort on their part. Some people within the Tamil community have questioned for long, on the sovereign attitude and strict intolerance of LTTE have created dissent within the community. LTTE  call such people as traitors and have eliminated many such voices raising against the former.

Mr. Ratnam said,” The organisers say that there is some pressure from the “community”. Who is this community? We have this ghost within the community, for years, that it will resist any political discourse which is contrary to the dominant narrative. This shows it is still in our midst.”

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 09 Oct 2018 14:50pm IST


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