During its war with the Tamil Tigers, the Sri Lankan government imposed embargoes on the north and east. Things like fuel, medicines, food items and even newsprint came under the ban. The Tamil heartland of Jaffna was particularly affected. The embargo reached its height in the 1990s. Jaffna’s taxi drivers and newspaper men had to adapt to scarcity and hardship, and face violence close up.
[director]Kannan Arunasalam was born in Jaffna, grew up in London, and returned to Sri Lanka in 2005, where he now lives and works. He focuses on narrative journalism using film, new media and radio. He has been a correspondent for Radio Netherlands Worldwide on its human rights programme since 2008. Kannan’s latest project (http://iam.lk) explores regional identity through the lives of 36 elders, in sound and images.[/director]