Film Screening: No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, International Emmy Award Nominee and Winner of a 2014 BRITDOC Impact Award

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Cohen Hall, Room 402

University of Pennsylvania

No Fire Zone poster

 

 
  • Screening of No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, International Emmy Award Nominee and Winner of a 2014 BRITDOC Impact Award
  • Conversation with Filmmaker, Callum Macrae & Professor Teren Sevea
  • Launch of the International Student Reporting Fellowship in South Asia/Middle East with the The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Come to the film to learn more - a representative form the Pulitzer Center will be on hand to answer questions about the fellowship.

 

Film description (from the Pulitzer Center website):

"This was supposed to be a war conducted in secret. The Government excluded the international press, forced the UN to leave the war zone and ruthlessly silenced the Sri Lankan media – dozens of media workers were killed, exiled or disappeared. While the world looked away in the first few months of 2009, an estimated 40,000 to 70,000 civilians were massacred – mostly by Sri Lankan government shelling, though the Tamil Tigers also stand accused of war crimes.

The film starts in September 2008. An air of deep foreboding hung over Kilinochchi, the de facto capital of the Tamil homelands of Northern Sri Lanka. The armed forces of the Sinhalese government of Sri Lanka were on the move, and the secessionist army of the Tamil Tigers was in retreat. After a 26-year revolt, the scene was set for the awful endgame." 

Watch the film trailer