Demons in Paradise

Wed, 17 October 2018
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario 317 Dundas Street West (McCaul Street Entrance), Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Demons in Paradise
Jude Ratnam, 2017, France/Sri Lanka, 94 Minutes, North American Premiere

SAVAC is happy to co-present the North American Premiere of Demons in Paradise by Jude Ratnam with Workman Arts/Rendezvous with Madness and ANBU (Abuse Never Becomes Us). Ten years in the making, Demons in Paradise is breaking 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.

The screening to be followed by a panel discussion with the director in Tamil and English.


Screening at Rendezvous with Madness

17 October 2018

Workman Arts is an arts and mental health organization known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research on the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction. The Rendezvous with Madness Festival is a multidisciplinary festival that runs from October 10-21, 2018

ANBU (Abuse Never Becomes Us) அன்பு, which loosely translates to Love in Tamil stands for Abuse Never Becomes Us. A.N.B.U. is a Toronto based not-for-profit community organization that works with survivors of childhood sexual abuse within the Tamil community.

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