To mark International Day of Peace, International Alert has released ‘Diaspora Diaries’: a series of documentaries telling the personal stories of members of the Sri Lankan diaspora.
Produced and edited by film-maker Kannan Arunasalam, the portraits shed light on the complex relationship of each individual with their country of heritage. Each person featured in this series builds a piece of the picture of the Sri Lankan diaspora.
In May 2009 the war in Sri Lanka ended with a military victory for the government over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The war may be over, but the task of securing a long-term peace is just beginning and diaspora communities have a desire to make a positive difference to people’s lives in Sri Lanka. They are trying to navigate the complex interaction between personal and communal histories, political realities and wanting to improve the lives and prospects of those living on the island.
The ‘Diaspora Diaries’ series explores the array of identities and opinions within diaspora communities, aiming to stimulate dialogue amongst people of Sri Lankan heritage on the nature of their identities, connections and interactions with the country.