» REEL PEACE Series captures Australia and New Zealand
28.06.2004 -

REEL PEACE Series captures Australia and New Zealand

Reel Peace, a series of six short films about the hostilities in Sri Lanka, written and produced by Sinhalese and Tamil film artists, is currently shown in educational institutions across Australia and New Zealand. The series will also soon be part of the O-level and A-level students course in Sri Lanka, as organized by the National Anti-War Front of Sri Lanka.

The six short films are: Darkness at Dawn by Ananda Abeynayake, Under Pressure by Kasinthar Gnanandas, The Slipper by K. Kowthaman, Barrier by Albert Paulus, Nose-Cup by S. Ragavan and Hide and Seek by Delon Weerasinghe.


The said series aims to produce honest and representative stories that can contribute to a wider understanding of the need for social and cultural reconciliation.


UNESCO's support was provided within the framework of larger development project "Reel Peace" being implemented by ScriptNet in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Media Training Institute and the University of Jaffna and supported by the British Council and Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The objective was to strengthen creativity and integrate the marginalized Tamil film-making talent into the wider TV and film industry. Reel Peace's aim was to foster an integrated Tamil and Singhalese media through the training of directors, producers and scriptwriters, increasing the technical capacity of the Sri Lankan TV and film industry.


Although the films are the final, most visible outcome, the most important result of this project is the level of cooperation between Sinhalese and Tamil media practitioners. The working relationships created during the implementation of the project are now set to continue; the setting up of the Sinhala Tamil Arts Circle (SINTAC) and of the Tamil Film Council are a proof of the commitment of a number of creative media people to work together in the future.


The Reel Peace Series is now available on DVD and VHS by written request to UNESCO's Programme for Creative Content. They are also available for screening at the <a href="http://creativecontent.unesco.org"=><u>Audiovisual E-Platform</u></a>.

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