Oct 04, Kathmandu: Nepal has banned the screening of three Sri Lankan films including the controversial Britain's Channel 4 documentary "No Fire Zone" at the Film South Asia (FSA) festival upon a request of the Sri Lankan government, an official statement said Thursday.
The biennial film festival held in Kathmandu since 1997 focuses on popularizing documentaries. It is scheduled to be held 3-6 October this year.
The FSA had scheduled to screen three documentaries on Sri Lanka. "Broken" and "The Story of One" directed by Kannan Arunasalam and "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka " the controversial Britain's Channel 4 documentary directed by Callum Macrae were scheduled to be screened during the festival which opened Thursday.
The organizes have reportedly received instructions from the Nepal's ministry of information to stop the screening and they were forced to full them out after the Sri Lankan government has reportedly objected to the screening, Xinhua has reported.
"Broken" tells the story of a former champion high jumper returns to his home in northern Sri Lanka and reflects on the government’s efforts to bring about reconciliation between communities while "The Story of One" tells the story of the disappearance of an American priest and a Sri Lankan boy during the civil war.
Sri Lanka has vigorously opposed the screening of the "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka " produced by the Channel 4 of Britain in earlier occasions as well.
Sri Lanka in March this year strongly opposed the screening of the movie at the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva rejecting the documentary as "concocted lies, half-truths and speculations"
The FSA has said that as a protest for halting the screening, it will screen the movies to a private audience at a different venue Saturday. The three films however, will remain in contention for the award, which carries a cash prize of $2,000 for the winner, the FSA organizers have said.
A total of 55 films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Afghanistan and Nepal have been selected for this year's festival out of 388 entries.