April 09, 2012
Film Screening: "The Truth that Wasn't There"
The award-winning feature documentary about the aftermath of Sri Lanka's civil war
WHEN: Monday, April 9th
WHERE: Foster Hall 103, 1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL
Opening remarks and introduction by Professor Sascha Ebeling, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations
Comments by filmmakers Guy Gunaratne and Heidi Lindvall and Jim McDonald, Sri Lanka Country Specialist, Amnesty International USA
The film is a real-time capture of post-war blood-drenched Sri Lanka that witnessed the ethnic conflict for 26 long years and came to a bitter end in May 2009.Student journalists, Guy Gunaratne and photographer Heidi Lindvall were given special access into the media-forbidden pockets of Sri Lanka, especially to the reduced-to-rubble Kilinochchi. Towards the end of their poignant journey, they also became the first overseas journalists to become the witnesses of the horrific aftermath of the final civil war in Mullaitivu and Chalai,thereby eliminating the danger of a horrendous conflict going unrecorded without witnesses.
Sponsored by The South Asia Language and Area Center, The Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and Amnesty International, USA