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Available for rent

94'

France, 2017

Original music : Rajkumar Dharshan Production : Sister productions

Programmed by Éva Tourrent

English

French


Silver Screen



Synopsis


Sri Lanka, 1983: Jude Ratnam was five years old. He fled the massacre of the Tamils instigated by the majority-Sinhalese government on a red train. Now a filmmaker, he takes the same train from the south to the north of the island. As he advances, the traces of violence left by the twenty-six-year war, which turned the Tamil minority’s fight for freedom into self-destructive terrorism, pass before his eyes. Unveiling the repressed memories of his compatriots, he invites them to overcome their anger and opens the door to a possible reconciliationThis film is a voyage of initiation from the mouth of the Maroni to the hills of the Tumuc Humac at the Brazilian border. Going up river in search of Amerindians from Guyana and my identity, I address the essential aspects of the current economic and social situation. The Maroni, the guiding thread of my tale, becomes the vector of my rage, sadness, questions and hope.

Tënk's opinion


Don’t speak Tamil otherwise they’ll kill you” – Jude Ratman recalls his childhood memories and the words spoken by his mother. He evokes his own history but also that of his Tamil community and his country, Sri Lanka. To do this, he films his friends and family, asking them to wear the clothes they’d taken with them as they fled, and to return to the sites, to make the same journey again. The words start to flow as night falls. This shadowy setting is the only place where tears and the memory of the horrors that were committed can re-emerge in some kind of catharsis. Massacres by the government’s army, fratricidal revenge among Tamil groups… no-one and nothing is spared. This is a harsh yet necessary film. Through the power of his filmmaking and accompanied by the Cambodian director Rithy Panh, Jude Ratman gives us a glimpse of the potential for reconciliation, a glimmer of hope for the future…

Éva Tourrent
Tënk's Artistic Director 

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