Demons in Paradise

by Jude Ratnam

Feature documentary


Official selection, Cannes 2017
Official selection, Cannes 2017
Directed by
Jude Ratnam

Jude Ratnam
Isabelle Marina

Produced by
Sister Productions
Kriti a Work of Art (Sri Lanka)
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 reconciliation.
Festivals & awards
  • Cannes Film Festival - Official Selection - Special screenings, 2017
  • Best of Fests — IDFA (Amsterdam), 2017
  • Meilleur Documentaire — Festival International du Film d'Histoire (Pessac), 2017
  • Compétition internationale — War On Screen (Chalons en Champagne, France), 2017
  • Compétition internationale — Festival du Film d'Asie du Sud (Paris), 2017
  • Douarnenez Film Festival - Grande Tribu Selection, 2017
  • Prix du Meilleur Film / Prix Ram Bahadur — Film South Asia (Kathmandu, Nepal), 2017
  • Film d'ouverture — États généraux du film documentaire (Lussas), 2017
  • Hamburg IFF (Germany), 2017
  • Compétition documentaire — Hambourg Film Festival, 2017
  • Projection spéciale — Varsovie Film Festival, 2017
  • Sélection officielle — Festival du Film Indépendant de Osnabrück (Allemagne), 2017
  • Compétition documentaire — Adelaide Film Festival (Australia), 2017
  • Locarno Festival (Swizterland), 2018
  • Varsovie IFF (Poland), 2018
  • One World International Human Rights (Prague, Czech Republic), 2018
  • CPH:DOX (Danemark), 2018
  • Mumbai International Film Festival (India), 2018
  • This is Human World - International Human Rights Film Festival (Australie), 2018
  • 3rd I Film Festival (San Fransisco), 2018
  • Rendez-vous with Madness Festival (Canada), 2018
  • International Film Festival of Kerala, 2018
  • FIDADOC (Morocco), 2018
CNC (avance après réalisation)
IDFA Bertha Fund
Île-de-France region
Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Asian Cinema Fund
International sales
Upside Distribution
Distribution (France)
Demons in Paradise - Sister Productions