July 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government plans to take legal action against a controversial film about the country's ethnic conflict, which has depicted security forces without the permission of the Defence Ministry.
The government has banned the film 'Flying Fish' directed by Sri Lankan filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara saying that the film insults the government and its security forces.
Director General for the Media Center for National Security Lakshman Hulugalla said at a press briefing held in Colombo today that some scenes in the film are defamatory for the Sri Lankan security forces and also the producers used images of the Sri Lankan military uniform without permission from the Defence Ministry.
Hulugalla said the Public Performance Board has not given permission to screen the film in Sri Lanka and accordingly screening of the film in the island has been banned.
The film, which had a world premiere in 2011, has recently been screened in a French Film Festival. The film has won several awards at international film festivals.