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This Hard Ground

Life 4 - This Hard Ground
Away from the idyllic, tropical paradise beaches of Sri Lanka, a civil war has been raging for the last twenty years. Jaffna, once a thriving port in the north of the island, is now a decimated skeleton of a city: buildings flattened by bombs, homes shot out and deserted. During the course of the war, 800,000 people were forced to leave their homes and all their possessions. Even though they were displaced within their own country, they have lost everything: their livelihoods, their community and often their families. This Life program examines the fragile peace and what it means to people who have fled because of the fighting. We talk to the Sri Lankan army, the government and NGOs and ask what are the prospects for a long-term political settlement and lasting peace?

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Main credits

Marlow, Emily (film director)
Marlow, Emily (film producer)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Dunbar, Sally (narrator)
Vignarajah, Thiru (translator)

Other credits

Executive producer, Brenda Kelly; series consultant, Jenny Richards; editor, Smita Malde; translations, Thiru Vignarajah.

Docuseek subjects

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Peace/Conflict Resolution
Social Justice
United Nations
War and Peace


Sri Lanka, civil war, internal displacement, Jaffna, MDGs, Millennium Development Goals; "This Hard Ground"; Bullfrog Films