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Sunday, September 27, 2015

River of Exploding Durians @ Jaffna International Cinema Festival 2015

I came back from Sri Lanka a few days ago, since then it's back to work for me. The two week break I've taken due to my trips in Nagoya and Sri Lanka have left me with piles of projects to juggle with (treatments to write, music videos to edit, documentaries to finish up)

Nevertheless, like most good film festival trips, I find myself creatively rejuvenated. It happens when you got to watch a lot of different films, experience different cultures, surround yourself with filmmakers, and discover new parts of the world. It's great.

So, back to the Jaffna International Cinema Festival, the screening venues of the festival were in a multiplex, the public library, and the University of Jaffna.

Yesterday evening I went to the Jaffna University, its a main venue for the film festival. I was there for the screening...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Friday, September 18, 2015
At the University of Jaffna, one of the main screening venues of the Jaffna International Cinema Festival
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Friday, September 18, 2015
River of Exploding Durians will be screened this evening at Jaffna! Hope the Sri Lankan audiences will enjoy it!
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Friday, September 18, 2015

The RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS screening was held on the 19th of September. The Q and A session was surprisingly great, with numerous viewers finding a lot in common between our politics and education system. They too, were curious and concern about the current political climate of Malaysia.

The screening of RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS at Jaffna yesterday was wonderful. Thank you so much to the audiences who...
Posted by River of Exploding Durians 榴莲忘返 on Saturday, September 19, 2015

Before the closing ceremony, I got the chance to catch the other films in competition. Including Bikas Mishra's heartbreaking CHAURANGA (Four Colours). (no trailer though)

#CHAURANGA gets Global acclaim ! Congrats to the entire team.
Posted by CHAURANGA on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Baudhyan Mukherjee's very entertaining TEENKAHON (Three Obsessions).

And eventual award winner Malith Hegoda's A STRANGE FAMILIAR.

International Poster Dekala Purudu Kenek "The Strange Familiar"Poster Design Malith Hegoda Photo editing Samantha Weerasinghe, Amila Thambavita Photography Boopathy Nalin
Posted by Dekala Purudu Kenek / දැකල පුරුදු කෙනෙක් - The Strange Familiar on Friday, August 8, 2014

The festival ended on 21st Oct.

The Jaffna International Cinema Festival has finally ended. It's been a wonderful few days, being able to watch so many...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Monday, September 21, 2015

Group photo with fest director Anomaa and film directors Bikas Mishra and Bauddhayan Mukherj. Here's hoping that Jaffna...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Monday, September 21, 2015

I left Sri Lanka on the 22nd and arrived on the 23rd. On my last day in Sri Lanka, we took the bus from Jaffna to the airport in Colombo, while stopping at places like Anuradhapura (many of the photos were posted here the pas few days via my Instagram feed)

I'll leave the rest of the photos for another post.

I'll end this post with a Facebook post by Jaffna International Cinema Festival director Anomaa Rajakaruna.

It's miraculous that she was able to pull off this film festival with such limited resources and so much restrictions. I sincerely wish that this film festival will happen in Jaffna for years to come. Not only does it bring films from the rest of the world to the local audiences, local filmmakers are also given a local platform to showcase their works!

Just finished the after event of JAFFNAICF 2015 in Colombo. We screened Film South Asia documentaries at ICES with Mitu...
Posted by Anomaa Rajakaruna on Wednesday, September 23, 2015