Department of Law film screening and panel discussion
Date: Tuesday 7 May 2013
Venue: TW1 G.01, Tower 1
Speakers: Janani Jananayagam, Shivani Jegarajah, Callum Macrae
Chair: Dr Devika Hovell
No Fire Zone is a feature length film about the final awful months of the 26 year long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it. It is a meticulous and chilling expose of some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity of recent times told through the extraordinary personal stories of a small group of characters and also through some of the most dramatic and disturbing video evidence ever recorded. No Fire Zone also brings the story up to date. The Sri Lankan government still denies that the atrocities in 2009 happened, they describe their actions as a "humanitarian rescue". The repression and ethnic restructuring of the Tamil homelands in the north of Sri Lanka continues - journalists and government critics are still disappearing. The government will tolerate no opposition and have even turned on their own judiciary, impeaching the Chief Justice of the country when she found they had acted unconstitutionally. The No Fire Zone team offers the film, not just as the definitive film of record, but also in the hope it will jolt the international community and audience to call for action, in the belief that without truth there can be no justice in Sri Lanka, and without justice there can be no peace.
The screening of the documentary will be preceded by panel presentations on options for accountability and victim support and followed by a Q&A session and refreshments. Panel speakers include, No Fire Zone Director Callum Macrae, Shivani Jegarajah of Renaissance Chambers, and Janani Jananayagam, founding director of Tamils Against Genocide.
Janani Jananayagam is one of the founding directors of Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) - an international non governmental human rights organisation, incorporated in the United States in 2008 and United Kingdom in 2012. TAG is devoted to advocacy, research and litigation against genocide and its accompanying human rights violations as well as the provision of support to victims of war crimes and human rights abuses from Sri Lanka. Janani ran for election as an independent candidate for the London region in the 2009 European Parliamentary elections, although she did not secure a seat she won some 50,000 votes.
Shivani Jegarajah has 20 years experience in the field of Sri Lankan asylum law. She is currently representing those who are victims or witnesses to war crimes, particularly in the last stages of the war with a view to securing their protected status. She has recently appeared in the lead country guidance case concerning Sri Lankan asylum seekers.
Callum Macrae has been making films for 20 years in the UK and around the world, including Iraq, Japan, Haiti and several in Africa - covering wars and conflicts in Cote D'Ivoire, Uganda, Mali, and Sudan. His films have ranged from observational documentaries to current affairs investigations including three major investigations into allegations of coalition crimes in Iraq. His most recent major projects were the two TV documentaries on the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka for Channel 4 and an expose of Khartoum's war on the Nuba people of South Kordofan for Al Jazeera. He's a Bafta nominee and has won a large number of awards including two Royal Television Society awards, two One World awards, an Indie award, an Amnesty award and the Columbia DuPont Broadcast journalism award for his work in Japan after the Tsunami. As a writer he won the Campaigning Journalist Award. This year he was named as number two in Broadcast's 100 hottest Directors list and awarded a Scottish Bafta Special Achievement Award.
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