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Facets Film Dialogue with Jim McDonald of Amnesty International
SRI LANKA'S KILLING FIELDS
Sri Lanka's Killing Fields is a harrowing documentary which exposes shocking new evidence of war crimes committed during the closing days of Sri Lanka's civil war in 2009. It is a forensic investigation of the quarter-century-long civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the secessionist rebels, the Tamil Tigers. Captured on cell phones, the disturbing footage shows the extra-judicial executions of prisoners, the aftermath of targeted shelling of civilian camps, and other atrocities.
This film is eerily relevant as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon faces growing criticism for refusing to launch an investigation into "credible allegations" during the closing weeks of the conflict. In April 2011, Ban Ki-moon finally published a report by a UN-appointed panel of experts, which concluded that as many as 40,000 people were killed, providing powerful evidence that will lend new urgency to the call for an international inquiry. Only after those responsible for these crimes are held accountable can the victims and their families receive the truth and justice they deserve.
Directed by Callum MacRae, 2011, UK, 49 mins. In English, Tamil, and Sinhala with English subtitles.
Facets Film Dialogue
Jim McDonald is the Sri Lanka Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA. He has served in this volunteer position since 1990 and appeared before Congress on behalf of AIUSA. He has also coordinated several campaigns by AIUSA members on Sri Lanka and currently works as an attorney in Chicago. A discussion with Mr. McDonald will immediately follow the screening.