No Fire Zone

“Shocking” —The Guardian

“Vitally Important” —Empire

“An absolute must see” —Nepali Times

“A Tour de Force” —Movies That Matter

—Time Out

“Utterly Convincing” —Toronto Globe and Mail

—Faded Glamour

“Haunting, disturbing…unforgettable” - Right Now, Australia

“Beautifully crafted and heart-wrenching” —Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

—London Film Review

“Devastating” —Hoopla Australia

“Will break your heart” —Toronto Film Scene

“Shocks on every level” —The London Film Review

“Essential viewing” —Time Out UK

“One of the most chilling documentaries I’ve watched” — David Cameron, UK Prime Minister

“The only film that gives me faith in journalism” - M.I.A, musician and artist

“Images sufficiently graphic to give you nightmares – but sometimes it takes a nightmare to wake us up”—Now Magazine


It is almost a year since the Sri Lankan authorities arrested a Tamil mother, Balendran Jeyakumari, and her teenage daughter.  She is held without charge and her daughter is in care.  The new Siresena government has made no moves to release her.

Mrs Jeyakumari had been campaigning to find out what had happened to her son, Mahindan, who disappeared after being taken prisoner by the Sri Lankan authorities at the end of the war in 2009, accused of membership of the Tamil Tigers.

Mrs Jeyakumari and her daughter were well known activists who had been among the crowds which mobbed British PM David Cameron when he visited the former war zone in Jaffna in November last year.

Before her arrest, she sent this video message to No Fire Zone - which was made public after her arrest.

See also an article written at the time for Channel 4 news by No Fire Zone director Callum Macrae:

You can also read an article by Callum Macrae on this issue published in the Huffington Post and an article published by the Tamil Guardian

Follow Callum Macrae on Twitter @callum_macrae