Picturing Reconciliation: An International Film Festival (Colombo, Galle, Kandy & Jaffna)

Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Jaffna

Final_Poster1‘Picturing Reconciliation’ was screened in four cities during 2012. Screenings were held in Colombo (17th, 18th and 19th of September), Kandy(7th,08th and 9th of October), Mathara (7th, 8th and 9th of November) and Jaffna (23rd, 24th and 25th of November). The film festival brought together a collection of documentary films from across the world on the theme of reconciliation. Moderated discussions were conducted in Galle and Jaffna after the screening of each film.

The festival consisted of the following films:

Iraq in fragments: An Academy and Sundance festival award winning documentary that presents a poetic, intimate portrayal of the daily lives of people from different communities in war-ravaged Iraq.

The Redemption of General Butt-Naked: An achingly honest account of a Liberian warlord turned Christian evangelist that asks its viewers to confront the difficult question of forgiveness and redemption

Kerosene: A critically acclaimed portrait of resilience and human ingenuity in North and East Sri Lanka in the mid-1990’s; a time of acute austerity for those affected by the government’s embargoes on medicine, food and fuel.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

Enemies of the People- In Cambodia, the men and women who perpetrated massacres, from the foot-soldiers who slit throats, to the party’s ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two, break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen.

Rajeswari- This is an emotional account of a life lived in the shadow of fear and to the sound of gunfire. This documentary focuses on the war-time experiences of Rajeswari, a Tamil woman in Batticaloa,

Potential for Solidarity- The end of war has created new avenues for collective action across Sri Lanka. The Potential for Solidarity examines instances of successful North-South collaboration in Sri Lanka’s fisheries.

‘Picturing Reconciliation’ will be screened once more Colombo on the last week of January 2013 and in Batticaloa on third week of January 2013.

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