Raminder Kaur / Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex

There have been many ‘genocides’ that have been ignored and where justice has become a chequered hope. Remembering those whose lives and livelihoods have been uprooted and whose families have been slaughtered, separated and traumatised is the first step to taking account of these great betrayals of the dignity of a right to a peaceful life. Capturing it in visuals is another way and here in this brilliant synthesis of personal testimonies, photographic document and graphic recreations is a fiction that is wonderfully imagined as much as it hits on a raw nerve about actual events. The Vanni translates a thoughtful analysis of the civil war into an unforgettable story that hits the heart. It deserves everyone’s support.