SpeakEasy Podcast Series

Welcome to SLWB’s SpeakEasy Podcast Series, where we discuss and engage with a wide range of viewpoints on issues affecting Sri Lanka and its diaspora communities.




Director Jude Ratnam’s Demons in Paradise Offers Reflections on Sri Lanka’s Civil War 

SLWB spoke with Jude Ratnam, director of the acclaimed documentary Demons in Paradise. SLWB caught up with him ahead of his film screening last month at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in downtown Toronto, where he discussed documentary film making, what it means to be Sri Lankan, and his experiences with Sri Lanka’s civil war. In 1983, Ratnam was just five years old when he boarded a red train to flee a massacre of Tamils instigated by the Pro-Sinhalese majority government. Now a filmmaker, he takes the same train from South to North. Demons in Paradise was screened at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.


Author Shankari Chandran Uses the Art of Fiction to Talk About Sri Lanka’s Politics

Shankari Chandran is an Australian author of three novels: Song of the Sun God, The Phantom Limb, and The Barrier. Her novels explore Sri Lanka’s conflict through its past, present, and future.

We chatted with her about coming to terms with our identity as members of the diaspora, political activism, her transition from a social justice lawyer to an author, and her hopes for Sri Lanka’s future. Check out the two part podcast below.

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