(Text of a press release issued by Jude Ratnam the Writer/Director of the film “Demons in Paradise”)
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Allegedly owing to pressure from a group known only as the ‘Community’ in Jaffna, the festival organizers of the Jaffna International Cinema Festival have decided to remove the film DEMONS IN PARADISE directed by me from its scheduled program.
Thus far I have not been given a proper explanation for the removal of my film DEMONS IN PARADISE from the festival schedule.
I feel this is a case of censorship and an infringement on the fundamental rights to freedom of expression.
Herewith I’ve attached the letter (Please see attachment) written to the festival director demanding an explanation for the removal of the film from the festival schedule.
Please be kind enough to publish this news.
P.S. DEMONS IN PARADISE premiered as part of the official selection at the Festival de Cannes in 2017 where it was nominated for Camera d’or (Golden Camera) and L’oiel d’or (Golden Eye).
Since premiering in Cannes the film has traveled to many film festivals around the globe and won several awards.