The enduring popularity of this story, however, springs not only from the marital drama it depicts but in the tensions it engages between vengeance and forgiveness, power and powerlessness, the personal and the political. These tensions are sharpened by the contemporary context in which Kannagi has become a popular symbol: the wake of the civil war in Sri Lanka and the defeat of the Tamil liberation struggle. Australia is home to a sizeable Tamil refugee population and this project will create cross cultural dialogues between film makers who are seeking asylum in Australia and those who currently have citizenship rights. The project will be curated and filmed collectively creating a multilayered viewing experience that will provide complex insights into justice and/or forgiveness.
This project is supported by The Australia Council for the Arts.