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My Daughter the Terrorist (US Premiere)

11th Annual MadCat Women’s International Film Festival

Friday, September 21, 2007, 7:30 pm, $7-


What makes anyone want to blow themselves up for a cause? Dharsika and Puhalchudar belong to the suicide brigade of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam), fighting for recognition by the Sri Lankan government. The girls are close friends. They have been eating, sleeping, training and fighting side by side for seven years. They can survive for weeks in the jungle without supplies and they don’t know exactly how many enemies they’ve killed in ordinary battle. They now strap themselves to an American-made Claymore mine. My Daughter the Terrorist looks at what life is like inside a guerrilla organization, and the way the world appears in the eyes of the alleged terrorist. It’s about unthinkable terrorist acts, and about beginning to understand people who are firmly committed to doing the unthinkable. Beate Arnestad, 2006 • 52 min • Color • Mini DV • Norway and India

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