Sri Lankan Olympian Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam on his hopes for reconciliation
This doc short was posted on The Guardian, to mark International Day of Peace, 21 September 2013
Diaspora communities can inspire peace in their country of origin, according to US resident Dr Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam, a former Olympian of Tamil heritage who coaches young athletes in Sri Lanka. Though he is sceptical of the government’s reconciliation programme, he says sport can help heal the scars of the country’s long conflict and provide hope to the young. Filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam met him in his native city of Jaffna last year as part of International Alert’s Diaspora Diaries film series (international-alert.org/diasporadiaries).
Director: Kannan Arunasalam
Length: 4min 56sec