Journal article

Between the home and the world in violent conflict

Anoma Pieris

GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

Throughout Sri Lanka's civil war (1983-2009) official and international news media was dominated by ethnic politics while civilian voices remained silent. Similarly, at the end of the war, media manipulation of civilian traumas for a continuing political contest between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil diasporic groups shut down other discursive frameworks. The more intimate stories of loss, bereavement, depression and grief were manipulated for a prolonged and bitter nationalist struggle. This article returns to a medium in which these stories were previously voiced, during the war years, in South Asian cinema. Due to government censorship of news media and limited access to the war zone..

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