NO MORE TEARS, SISTER: ANATOMY OF HOPE AND BETRAYAL (Helene Klodawsky) Rating: NNNN
In addition to the Oscar-winning documentary Born Into Brothels and a spotlight on filmmaker Ishu Patel, the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! festival packs more South Asian goodness into five days at Harbourfront than can comfortably fit in this space.
Commissioned by the NFB, Helene Klodawsky's No More Tears, Sister (August 6 at 1 pm) is both a eulogy for a magnificent woman and a concise introduction to the politics behind the ethnic conflicts that continue to batter Sri Lanka.
Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, anatomy professor and human rights activist, was assassinated in 1989, presumably for her criticism of the Tamil revolutionary organization she had once championed. Her life, as recounted in her letters and in interviews with surviving family members, was exceptionally dramatic and rich, and Klodawsky skilfully juxtaposes its details with observations on women and war in the post-colonial world. (August 6, Harbourfront Centre).