Sri Lanka's Killing Fields begins with a warning: the film contains shocking images. And it really does.
When asked to edit a video using the film's footage I felt overwhelmed: everything seemed so important yet, when decontextualised from the original narrative, so horrific and unnecessarily graphic. I then decided to take a different approach.
Eyes On The Ground is a simple video documenting five people watching Sri Lanka's Killing Fields for the first time. It deals with human emotions and with the processes of acknowledgment – a disturbing but necessary process that everyone can undertake by simply watching a film, a first small step towards the possibility of some sort of justice.
Commissioned by ITN Productions for Channel 4
Format: HD 16/9
Running time: 3 mins.