Film: Demons in Paradise
Running Time: 94 mins
Date: 2 - 5 Feb

Q&A session: 5 Feb
Q&A time: 6PM IST | 6:15PM NST | 6:30PM BST | 5:30 PM PST

Sri Lanka 1983 – Jude Ratnam is five years old. On a red train, he flees the massacre of 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, which turned the Tamil fight for freedom into self-destructive terrorism pass before his eyes. 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.

About the Director

Jude Ratnam is a Sri Lankan film director. He obtained a degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Kamaraj in southern India, before studying cinema at the School of Media Art and Managment in Sri Lanka. Jude worked for NGOs before becoming a filmmaker. His film ‘Demons in Paradise’ was made over the span of ten years along with a French team and some Tamil and Sinhalese partners. 'Demons in Paradise' is one of Jude's most acclaimed films and it was nominated for two awards at the Cannes Film Festival.


  •  Once you sign-up and your request is accepted, you will receive an email from our team on the evening of Friday, 2 February 2024 with the screening link and password. We request that you keep the link and password to yourself to safeguard the film against piracy. The link will be active for three days.
  •  The screening of the documentary will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker on Monday, 5 February (see times above). You will also receive a Zoom link for the Q&A via email.
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