Sri Lankan Tamils: Battle for Freedom
Project website: srilankadocumentary.wordpress.com
Sri Lankan Tamils: Battle for Freedom uncovers shocking accounts of the welfare camps after the 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka. The Konopulam welfare camp, broken infrastructures in the Muslim Quarter and insufficient redevelopment efforts of the government in supporting Tamils in Jaffna. Seveal, a Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer based in London, started a voluntary organisation to assist the redevelopment progress in the north through children projects, cricket tournaments and funding of education within the camps.
The documentary film was shot under constrained and limited access to the Jaffna peninsula. It was publicly shown in an effort to facilitate the peace reconciliation and post-war redevelopment especially in the Northeast region of Sri Lanka. It also serves as a visual evidence that Tamils and Muslim social discrimination under the Sinhalese Republican government.