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Did not intend to insult security forces

2013 Jul 18

Director of the recently banned film, Flying Fish, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, said it was not his intention to insult or to portray a defamatory image of the security forces of Sri Lanka in any way through the film.



"Instead, my only intention was to present the realistic circumstances of war-torn lives artistically and truthfully from a broad humanist angle. The inspiration for this film is derived from the lives of my family, my friends and me. The film narrates my direct and indirect personal experiences and relationships with different people, who entered and departed from my life," he said in a statement issued yesterday.



"Being a person who grew up in a border area, I thankfully enjoy the benefits of the ending of the dreadful 30-year-long war. However, it is those brutal experiences of the war that I was forced to witness and experience directly while growing up as a child that ultimately became the subject matter for this film. I spent my childhood and my life in a village, which was controlled by the government security forces during the day, and by the LTTE during the night. So, under those circumstances, I noticed how the lives of the ordinary people, who were not involved with the army, were becoming militarized.



As a child, I understood how this 'militarization' led towards creating insecurity and vulnerability in the society we were living in. I understand that the impressions I created on screen (based on my personal experiences and the reality I had lived) may not agree with the images of the war and the military that the government has constructed and wants to create. With the conclusion of the war, when we talk about rebuilding and normalizing the day-to-day lives of my fellow people, we cannot gloss over or forget this unfortunate and harsh reality, because this fragmented life is the real building blocks of our tomorrow. Besides, any ideology that forgets this reality is bound to fail for the fault of its unrealistic nature. So, isn't it necessary to accept this reality of the situation, if we are to move forward? My intention was to transform that reality into a social discourse," Pushpakumara noted.



He denied having any relationship with the Tamil Diaspora, NGOs or any other donor organizations as erroneously accused of by the media, throughout the making of the film (before, during or after the production).



"Neither have I accepted any donations or funds for the production of Flying Fish from any of these organizations. I can assure that I never had any relationship or understanding with the above-mentioned groups at any point in my short career, on a personal or a professional basis. The funding for this film was done by Asia Digital Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd of Manohara Nannayakara. The film was produced spending Rs 2.5 million, and later the Hubert Bals Fund of Rotterdam Film Festival in Netherlands granted Euro 20,000 for its post-production purposes. Hubert Bals Funds has been established to support film-makers from the Third World countries. Nevertheless, one of their conditions was that the Hubert Bals Fund acquires the film's ownership for Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. Further, this is not the first time a Sri Lankan film succeeded in obtaining the Hubert Bals Fund. Therefore, it is a complete falsehood to state that this film obtained money from either France, NGOs or from any Diaspora," he added.
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