“Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers: Reflections from visit to Sri Lanka” by Rebecca Lim

We can’t have it both ways. We know we are sending some people back to danger but there is no monitoring or political will to ensure their safety and positive reintegration. The Sri Lankan government has its own challenges to re-build its economy and to ensure security and safety for its people, including returnees and deportees from abroad. A network of support for this group of vulnerable people is needed to alleviate fears and provide economic support.

via: http://groundviews.org/2015/04/20/australias-treatment-of-asylum-seekers-reflections-from-visit-to-sri-lanka/

“The (Missed) Foundations of Reconcilliation and Rajan Hoole’s “Palmyra Fallen”” by Vihanga Perera

“Rajan Hoole’s Palmyra Fallen – a twofold critical investigation into (a) the immediate political context in which the Rajani Thiranagama assassination took place in September 1989 and (b) the run up to the military crushing of the LTTE and the aftermath of the state “war victory” of May 2009 – is published at a crucial time. In the book, Hoole suggests that the text serves as a twenty fifth year death anniversary commemoration to the slain academic-rights activist Rajani Thiranagama, but, more crucially, Palmyra Fallen provides a very insightful (in-sightful) engagement with the “War Crimes” debate – a forum that has been a pivot of the Lankan fate in both national and global politics over the past six years or so.”


Pradeepan Raveendran sélectionné pour L’Atelier de la Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes

L’Atelier de la Cinéfondation accueille cette année sa onzième édition et invitera au Festival de Cannes 15 réalisateurs dont les projets de film ont été jugés particulièrement prometteurs. Accompagnés de leur producteur, ils pourront rencontrer des partenaires potentiels, indispensables pour finaliser leur projet et passer à la réalisation de leur film. L’Atelier ouvre à ses participants les portes des coproductions internationales, accélérant ainsi le processus de finition du film.

Créé en 2005 pour encourager le cinéma de création et favoriser l’émergence d’une nouvelle génération de cinéastes dans le monde, L’Atelier a suivi en neuf ans le développement de 156 projets, dont 103 sont sortis sur les écrans et 40 sont actuellement en pré-production. Pour cette onzième édition, 15 projets venus de 14 pays ont été retenus, du réalisateur à ses débuts au cinéaste confirmé.

Butterfly Diaries
Paula Un Mi Kim
The Road to Mandalay
Midi Z
Birmanie / Taïwan
The Contestant
Carlos Osuna
Compte tes blessures
Morgan Simon France
Siamak Etemadi
Grèce / Iran
György Kristóf Hongrie / Slovaquie
Twin Flower
Laura Luchetti
Our Madness
João Viana Portugal / Angola
Ionuţ Piturescu
Kirsten Tan
The Tree
Louw Venter Afrique du Sud
Lands of Loneliness
Meritxell Colell
The Mother
Alberto Morais Espagne
Soundless Dance
Pradeepan Raveendran
Sri Lanka
Hilal, Feza, and other Planets
Kutluğ Ataman Turquie


Du 15 au 21 mai, des rendez-vous sont organisés avec les réalisateurs pour les professionnels intéressés par leurs projets.
Le Livre des Projets et les fiches d’inscription aux rendez-vous seront disponibles début avril sur www.cinefondation.com
CONTACT : Georges Goldenstern

source: http://www.festival-cannes.com/fr/article/61268.html

“Hate, censorship are political tools of suppression” by Sudhish Kamath

“Just last week, 52-year-old Sri Lankan auteur Prasanna Vithanage was excited about his critically acclaimed romance drama With You, Without You finding a nationwide release in India through PVR’s banner for indie films, Director’s Rare.”

via: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/interview/hate-censorship-are-political-tools-of-suppression/article6160457.ece

“Living Without An Address In The Estate Sector” by Lionel Guruge

“An oldern Sinhala phrase about“vilaasmak nathim anusayek” refers to the isolation of a person without any communication. However it is apparent today that an entire community has evolved without a secure way of receiving their correspondence: more than 200,000 families living in Sri Lanka have never had an address to call their own.”

via: http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2015/04/05/living-without-an-address-in-the-estate-sector-as-recounted-by-lionel-guruge/


” Sri Lanka balances its ties with two Asian giants” by Barrister Harun ur Rashid

“Sri Lanka needs good relations with both China and India but Rajapaksa turned it into a zero sum game, which made him a liability for India,” said Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, executive director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka.

via: http://www.thedailystar.net/op-ed/politics/sri-lanka-balances-its-ties-two-asian-giants-75269

LE TRESOR (NIDHANAYA), de Lester James Peries – Avant-première à Paris le 27 avril

Après des années de patience, grâce au soutien de Pierre Rissient et Hubert Niogret, grâce également à l’aide de la Cinémathèque de Bologne (Gian Luca Farinelli, Cecilia Cenciarelli), nous allons enfin pouvoir présenter en France la version restaurée (en 2013) du chef d’œuvre de Lester James Peries, LE TRESOR (NIDHANAYA) !

Une avant-première aura lieu le lundi 27 avril, à 20h30, au cinéma LE CHAMPO (51 rue des Ecoles, Paris 5e).

Une deuxième avant-première est en cours de programmation à l’Institut Lumière, à Lyon.

Ces deux projections exceptionnelles se feront dans le cadre d’un nouveau festival consacré aux films de répertoire, PLAY IT AGAIN !, organisé par l’Association des Distributeurs de Films de Patrimoine (dont Héliotrope Films est membre).

Je vous ferai passer un communiqué plus précis d’ici une ou deux semaines. Mais dans l’immédiat, merci de retenir la date du 27 avril et d’en parler le plus possible autour de vous : le succès de cette avant-première et sa médiatisation permettront, je l’espère, de résoudre les derniers obstacles à la sortie commerciale du film en France. C’est le beau cadeau que nous voudrions offrir à Lester Peries, qui fêtera ses 96 ans le 5 avril prochain !

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“Sri Lanka: Can Sirisena Deliver on Reforms?” by Taylor Dibbert

“Sri Lanka’s recent political shake-up has meant that continued volatility has been the order of the day. But are things really changing? In short, they are, but maybe not nearly as quickly as many people have suggested. Rajapaksa’s defeat and his peaceful departure are positive developments. Yet the challenges for the new government in general and Sirisena in particular remain formidable. An important parliamentary election that’s expected in June ensures that Sri Lanka’s political situation will remain fluid in the coming months. The lingering potential for a Rajapaksa comeback further complicates the situation. Rajapaksa was ousted because Sri Lankans craved real reform – not cosmetic maneuvering.”

via: http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/sri-lanka-can-sirisena-deliver-on-reforms/

“Frangipani : Opening Ourselves to Dialogue” by Samantha Sirimanne Hyde

Frangipani is a Sinhala film made in Sri Lanka in 2014 written, directed and produced by Visakesa Chandrasekaram, a Sydney-based lawyer and creative writer. While it is an important and welcome addition to the genre of queer film in South Asia, it would be doing it a disservice to label it just as a gay flick. Rather it is an exploration of complex sexual identities, desire, fate and the role that socio-cultural and economic factors and realities play in the lives of those who do not fit neatly into either traditional heterosexual or even homosexual moulds. In a broader sense the film is an invitation to explore fundamental issues of what one calls the human condition.

via: http://groundviews.org/2015/04/13/frangipani-opening-ourselves-to-dialogue/

“Are Sri Lankan Tamils prone to collective political suicide?” by Devanesan Nesiah

“If this decline continues, not only will the terrible misery of war victims multiply; the kind of solution that may be available a few decades from now will be much inferior to what may be available now, and of course incomparably inferior to what might have been available decades earlier. What is required, now as always, is intelligent, principled participation, neither blind acceptance of whatever is offered nor refusal to negotiate. Affluent and well placed Sri Lankan Tamil individuals, especially those in the Diaspora, may contemplate staging yet another boycott, but that will impact cruelly on the vast majority of the Tamils based in this island, of whom over a million are direct or indirect victims of the war.”

via: http://groundviews.org/2015/04/07/are-sri-lankan-tamils-prone-to-collective-political-suicide/

Report “Broadening gender: Why masculinities matter” by by CARE International Sri Lanka

The study, “Broadening gender: Why masculinities matter – a study on attitudes, practices and gender-based violence in four districts in Sri Lanka” was conducted by CARE International Sri Lanka, under its Empowering Men to Engage and Redefine Gender Equality project and launched in April 2013.

via: http://www.partners4prevention.org/resource/broadening-gender-why-masculinities-matter

“Rape and domestic violence in Sri Lanka: Triggered by a mind-set?” by Ingeborg Vinding

The CARE report also shows that the main reason the men conducted sexual violence was because of their “sexual entitlement”, which underpins that the problem lies within the mind-set and perception of Sri Lankan men. According to Rosanna Flamer-Caldera this thinking is also present in the current generation of young men: “They are brought up in houses where their fathers are doing these things to their mothers, abuse have to stop, and until one person in that generation decides to stop it, it will go on from generation to generation.”

via: http://groundviews.org/2015/04/07/rape-and-domestic-violence-in-sri-lanka-triggered-by-a-mind-set/

“Fisher war in the Palk Strait ” by Sunday Observer

“Nearly three or more days a week, about 2000 Indian trawl boats or more are crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line to fish on the Sri Lankan side of the Palk Bay in the north. The northern fishers of Sri Lanka, who started to fish after the cruel civil war which kept them away from fishing for nearly 30 years, face strict competition from the poaching Indian trawlers, who steal their fish and damage their nets. More recently (on the 27th of February 2015) more than 80 Indian trawlers crossed the Maritime Boundary Line and started trawling near Kaddaikadu in the east coast of the Jaffna peninsula, stealing the resources of the local fishers, damaging their nets and even attacking them. They came prepared for an attack and carried arms and explosives. The levels of force used and deprivation of the rights of northern fishers of Sri Lanka are unacceptable. Both their right to fish and the right to live are violated. Enough is enough!”

via: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2015/03/15/fea04.asp

“In Sri Lanka, underworked army runs resorts, shops, salons and travel agencies” by Shubhajit Roy

“A pristine white building with a classy brown wooden finish overlooks the blue Indian Ocean at Kankensanthurai, about 19 km from Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. It’s a luxury resort, and on Sunday mornings, families come here for a meal, a swim in the pool, and to play on the beach. Foot-tapping music plays at the restaurant, and DJs are hired for corporate-sponsored parties.

The owner and operator of this beachfront property, called the Thalasevana holiday resort, is the Sri Lankan Army. It is one of the many commercial establishments that the Sri Lankan armed forces — numbering a massive 300,000 uniformed personnel in this small country of about 2 crore — own.”

via: http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/in-sri-lanka-underworked-army-runs-resorts-shops-salons-and-travel-agencies/

“Internal Political Power Bashing in the Name of Justice for War Victims” by Rajan Hoole, N. Sivapalan, Ahilan Kadirgamar and K. Sritharan

“The UN Human Rights Commission’s decision to investigate violations and the huge loss of life during the last months of the war concluded in 2009 was a significant victory for the victims. The dignity of the victims required that the truth must be told without fear or favour, and processes of justice and restoration set in motion. And the wrong was not all on one side. Dignity also demands that we await the verdict of the judges with restraint and reverence for the name of justice.”

via: http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=120781