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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Sri Lankan filmmakers oppose military threats

[b]Sri Lankan filmmakers oppose military threats[/b]

[b] By Panini Wijesiriwardena – World Socialist Web Site [/b]

Last month, several well-known Sri Lankan directors and dramatists spoke with the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) to oppose recent threats against local antiwar filmmakers by senior military officers.

Although the Sri Lankan film industry produces a handful of feature films annually, a number of directors have distinguished themselves in recent years with thoughtful movies about the catastrophic impact of the 20-year civil war by the Sri Lankan military against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE). The conflict has killed more than 60,000 people with over one million displaced or made homeless.

While these intelligent films, which provide some indication of the widespread opposition of ordinary people to the fratricidal war, have been acclaimed internationally, they have earned the ire of sections of Sri Lanka’s ruling elite and the military. As political and economic tensions escalate, and the three-year ceasefire becomes increasingly fragile, this animosity has intensified.

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