Nov 19, Colombo: The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film today awarded Sri Lankan journalist and filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam its first annual prize for best documentary 'short-short' film.
Arunasalam's film, The Story of One, documents the lives of an American Jesuit priest and a boy in the East and their disappearance 22 years ago during the height of the war between Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger terrorists.
Arunasalam's short film was selected by the executive board of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation. He will receive a US$ 5,000 prize for best documentary short film.
"Rooted in reportage and traditional documentary filmmaking, Kannan's film doesn't try to tone down these atrocities. Instead, he treats the viewer to the very voices of those that had been there and lost loved ones," said Foundation Founder and President Manuel Rivera-Ortiz.
"Kannan bears witness on our behalf reminding us yet again of the power of not only the moving voice, but of the moving picture. His work exemplifies the core mission of our foundation."
Established in 2010, The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film is a Not-for-Profit Organization headquartered in New York.
The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation is committed to positive social discourse in underrepresented communities throughout the world by encouraging emerging photographers working in developing nations to keep their lenses fixed on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised.