For more than 30 years, war has raged in Sri Lanka between government forces and the Tamil Tigers who fought for their own state for the Tamil minority on the island. The conflict lasted so long that the world seemed to have forgotten the conflict and the atrocities. For the outside world, the war had become the only image. Few knew the story of systematic discrimination and deprivation of the Tamil population, even less knew that nearly 50% of the fighters were women, many of whom had been recruited as teenage girls.
On the occasion of the film Scars, moderator Bahram Sadeghi will talk to director Agnieszka Zwiefka and protagonist Vetrichelvi. Why did this story “cry” to be told and how has it seen the light of day? Furthermore, this film is the starting point for a dialogue: do the physical and emotional scars begin to heal after all these years? How are the traumatized women from the movie doing? And is there any prospect of an improvement in the position of Tamils in Sri Lanka?