I was interviewing the voice of the voiceless, the eyes that witnessed the worst war crimes occurring today in our world. I was talking with a broken heart, grieving on what used to be a home. It was a conversation with bravery, immense strength and ambition. This is not the story of Essa solely, but the story of human society, solidarity, justice and survival. This is a testimony we should all listen to, as it is not a piece of history, but breaking news. Since 2011, more than 500,000 people found their death due to the Syrian civil war.
The Insult is directed by Ziad Doueiri, who has been Tarantino’s camera assistant for Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Reservoir Dogs. This collaboration could probably have influenced Ziad’s filming style, but he actually reveals that he didn’t think of the filming part, he just filmed.
Gurunagar is a small fishing village in the port of Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, whose people are slowly recovering from a brutal civil war. Up to 100 000 people died in the country’s decades-long conflict, which was fought between the Sri Lankan army and the separatist Tamil Tigers (LTTE), and only ended in 2009.