What would compel someone to leave all of their belongings behind and embark on a treacherous journey to a foreign land to start life all over again? Ranjana, carried her 10 month old baby and fled on foot from her home village because she couldn’t envision a future for her children in her home country. Baskaran took an unmarked boat with no predetermined destination and landed in Newfoundland 25 years ago. All Baskaran remembers is the generosity of the fisherman who saved his life.
Set against the backdrop of two “illegal” boats that arrived in Canada in 2009 and 2010, carrying over 560 Tamil asylum seekers, “My Country” traces the history of the conflict in Sri Lanka and the human cost of civil war.
Written and Directed by Lalita Krishna
Produced by Lalita Krishna
Cinematographer: Daniel Grant
Edited by Heather Frise
Music by Javed Ali
Selected Screenings, St. John’s Women’s International Film Festival, St. John’s, 2012
Selected Screenings, Reel World Film Festival, Toronto, 2012
Selected Screening, Durban International Film Festival, Durban, 2012