Space for expression
a new cinema journal in Sinhala was launched recently. The first issue
was presented to Lester James Peries who celebrated his 92nd Birthday on
Looking back at the censorship, judiciary process and the judgment of
the film Purahanda Kaluwara, ten years ago and analyzing the situation
on censorship world around today, the first issue of 14 focuses on the
State, Censorship and Art and is a tribute to Lester, who has defended
the young filmmakers' right to freedom of expression in Sri Lanka.
Wijayananda Rupasinghe, Deepthi Kumara Gunaratne, Sunil
Wijesiriwardena, Lal Hegoda, M D Mahindapala, Sunila Abeysekara,
Boopathy Nalin Wickramage, Priyan Wijebandara and Amila Galappty have
contributed to the first issue. Articles vary from international cinema
to young short filmmakers in Sri Lanka. The international festival
report is on Berlin Film Festival 2011 and imprisoned Iranian filmmaker
Sri Lankan Filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage expresses his views on the
role of the censors and past, present and future of Sri Lankan cinema.
Boodie Keerthisena talks about David Lynch who influenced him. Film
review is on Asoka Handagama's film Vidu.
Translations useful for students who are learning cinema and other
arts are included in the journal. 14 attempts to develop a glossary of
Sinhala terms use in cinema and other arts as well.
14 is an Agenda 14 publication edited by Anoma Rajakaruna. Anoma, the
first Sri Lankan woman to edit a film journal edited Chithrapata a
quarterly film Journal of National Film corporation (2005-2006). She is
a documentary filmmaker and a photographer who has won several
international awards and has also served as a juror at several
international film festivals in Asia, Africa and Europe during the last