Flying Fish (Igillena Maluwo) Film Screening and Video conferenced Q & A with Director Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

Film Screening and Discussion
Sep 20, 2013
03:30 PM to 06:30 PM
Foster Auditorium

Flying Fish (Igillena Maluwo), a film by Sri Lankan filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, has sparked controversy in the director’s home country.  Despite winning critical acclaim at film festivals around the world since its premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2011, the film was immediately banned after its Sri Lankan debut in Colombo in July 2013.  Sri Lanka's Free Media Movement has released an official statement criticizing both the censorship of the film and the government’s ongoing investigation, calling these acts an attempt to “militarise arts and culture.”

Flying Fish depicts a country that has been torn apart by a long civil war.  While the film is far from comfortable to watch, containing images of sex and violence that have been described as “shocking,” it is a candid commentary on the state of the nation in the midst of this 26-year war.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, the Migration Studies Project, the Sri Lankan Student Association, and the University Libraries.

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