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Panos South Asia’s documentary film ‘Evicted’ on displacement and resettlement Panos Institute, Sri Lanka has researched and produced a 25-minute documentary titled ‘Evicted’. The film chronicles the voices of three communities of internally displaced people with the aim of informing a wider debate about displacement. It also hopes to sensitize the media, academia and policymakers who hold the key to the future of these groups. Evicted features a varied canvass of tales: Muslim refugees who arrived in Puttalam, on Sri Lanka’s west coast nearly two decades ago, a Tamil community of women, rendered homeless by the 2004 tsunami in Kinniya and some of the thousands of families displaced by the Colombo- Matara highway construction. The film records the tales in the voices of the affected; it seeks to dispel the image of Internally Displaced Persons as, simply, victims. The film focuses on their struggles and the efforts they have made - and are continuing to make - to be masters of their destiny. The film empowered the communities to raise the issues surrounding displacement caused by conflict, tsunami and other development-induced resettlement. It also explores the cross-cutting themes of cultural and economic discrimination of women, sustainable livelihoods and participatory processes in displacement. The filming gave the communities a sense of worth and empowerment. They felt they were being listened to and that their views and stories were valued enough to be recorded and shared. The film became a platform to speak directly to a wider audience who may not be even be remotely aware of the impact of displacement on individuals. The feedback after the first screening at the Centre for Poverty Analysis in Colombo was extremely positive. The film is currently being shown to the communities involved in the film and used for discussions on resettlement policy.