Three Sri Lankan films submitted for Film Southasia (FSA) 2013 have been pulled out from the film festival following a direction from the Ministry of Information and Communication.
The three films are Kannan Arunasalam’s Broken and The Story of One, and No Fire Zone directed by Callum Macrae. All three documenteries deal with Sri Lanka’s civil war.
"The Ministry sent a letter to us to stop screening of the three documentaries but offered no explanation,” said Nayantara Kakshapati, representing organisers of FSA 2013.
Although the reason is not specified in the letter, it is believed that Nepali authorities acted on pressure from the Sri Lankan government.
“FSA protests this unwarranted intrusion into the cultural sphere, an action that goes against the freedom of expression and the right of documentary filmmakers to exhibit their work. This obstructs our festival’s goal of promoting regional understanding in South Asia,” said Kanak Mani Dixit, Chair of Film Southasia.
However, the three films will have a private screening at Yalamaya Kendra on Saturday at 6 pm. They will also continue to be in competition for the festival awards.
In its 9th edition, the regional film festival will showcase a total of 55 documentary and non-fiction films from around Southasia and the Diaspora on diverse issues and subject-matters. The festival is being held at Kumari Cinema, Kathmandu until Sunday.