A former Liberian General traverses the country seeking forgiveness; Palestinians and Israelis come together to stop violence; a Cambodian film-maker persuades a Khmer Rouge leader to talk about his mass killings; descendents of whites responsible for expelling Blacks from Southern USA and descendents of those blacks revisit their past a 100 years later; a Muslim lecturer translates a book that explores the influence of Tamil on Sinhala….
‘Reconciliation’ is on everyone’s lips in Sri Lanka today but there is little agreement on its meaning. Is it healing? Accountability? Forgiving and forgetting? National unity? Stability? Harmony? Development? Inclusive democracy? Is it all of these and more? Is it just moving on?
Fourteen international and local films brought together in this festival will explore what peace and reconciliation means while celebrating the power of individual and collective efforts and dialogue to bridge differences.