Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  25 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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At the End of a Gun

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The devastating effect that the civil war in Sri Lanka is having on women.

Life - At the End of a Gun

Druki Martenstyne's son Jason died in September 1995. Her husband, Cedric, went missing in January 1996. 'I know the pain,' she says. 'I've suffered my son dying, and that we can accept -- we can move on and go back to our memories. But not knowing is something very, very difficult. Some people say they have seen him in chains, but I don't know how far that is true.'

Druki's family fell victim to the bloody civil war between the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lankan government forces that has been tearing the island of Sri Lanka apart for the last 17 years. But she's not alone. With more than 30 regional and ethnic conflicts taking place around the world, this program reports from Sri Lanka on the suffering of thousands of women -- widowed, displaced, detained, separated from husbands, children and other loved ones -- as a result of wars.

'The worst horrors of war are often visited on the most innocent. A painful portrait of Sri Lanka's civil war.' Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado


Main credits

Marlow, Emily (film director)
Marlow, Emily (film producer)
O'Connell, Deirdre (editor of moving image work)
Vallade, Sylvie (editor of moving image work)
Pearson, Andrew (editor of moving image work)
MacCormick, Ivan (composer)
Priyadarshani, Deepika (composer)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Gayson, Kate (narrator)

Other credits

Editors, Deirdre O'Connell, Sylvie Vallade, Andrew Pearson; music, The Definitive Break, Ivan MacCormick, Deepika Priyadarshani; series producer, Luke Gawin.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Emily Marlow

Television Trust for the Environment
Emily Marlow
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

War and Peace
Women's Studies
South Asia
Conflict Resolution
Cultural Anthropology
Social Psychology

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
Reproductive Rights
Social Justice
United Nations
War and Peace
Women's Studies


civil war, Sri Lanka, Tamil tigers; "At the End of a Gun"; Bullfrog Films

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