No Fire Zone is a 96 minute Emmy nominated feature documentary which tells the story of the final months of the 26-year long Sri Lankan civil war. Made in 2013 it was updated and expanded in 2015 with important new evidence.
The story is told by the people who lived through the war - and through some of the most dramatic and disturbing video evidence ever seen. This footage - direct evidence of war crimes, summary execution, torture and sexual violence - was recorded by both the victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras during the final 138 days of hell which form the central narrative of the film.
No Fire Zone is directed by the Nobel Peace Prize nominee Callum Macrae, a Peabody and Colombia Dupont Broadcast Journalism Award winner and Greirson and BAFTA nominee.
No Fire Zone is already something of an international phenomenon. The product of a three year investigation, it is credited with playing a key role in convincing the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014 to launch a major international war crimes investigation into the events in the closing stages of the war. Not just an agenda setting investigation, it is also a cinematic tour de force – a stunning and disturbing film in its own right. It was described as "beautifully crafted and heart wrenching” by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in Washington, "utterly convincing" by the Globe and Mail in Toronto - and in the UK, Empire noted: "It is vitally important that this feature reaches the widest possible audience”. One critic in Australia described it as “the most devastating film I have seen”.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said: ”No Fire Zone is one of the most chilling documentaries I’ve watched . . . many of the images are truly shocking. This documentary raises very serious questions that the Sri Lankan government must answer about what it did to protect innocent civilians.”
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“It is vitally important that this feature reaches the widest possible audience” - Empire
“A Tour de Force by Nobel Prize nominee Macrae” - Movies that Matter
"Haunting, disturbing…unforgettable… not since John Pilger’s 1979 Year Zero has there been a documentary as important" - Right Now, Australia
“Beautifully crafted and heart wrenching” - Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Washington DC
"No Fire Zone shocks on every level. It shocks, it educates and it convinces" - The London Film Review
"I can confidently say that No Fire Zone ... is the most devastating film I have seen" - Wendy Bacon, Hoopla, Australia
"Dark and disturbing – a hair-raising documentary” - The Hindustan Times
“An utterly convincing documentary” - Globe and Mail, Toronto
“Will break your heart… incredibly graphic and very hard to watch, but that’s the best way to get people to act” - Toronto Film Scene
“Images sufficiently graphic to give you nightmares – but sometimes it takes a nightmare to wake us up” - Now Magazine, Canada
"Brilliantly put together….journalistically sound…. No Fire Zone is an absolute must see" - Nepali Times
"I hope David Cameron, William Hague, Prince Charles and everyone else going to the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Sri Lanka next week saw the shocking No Fire Zone" - Guardian
"A difficult… enraging watch… Tragically its essential viewing." - Time Out UK
"Horrific to watch.. If I had one criticism of the documentary is that it wasn't long enough." - Letterboxd UK