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River of Exploding Durians @ Jaffna International Cinema Festival 2015

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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.

The journey to the Jaffna International Cinema Festival in Sri Lanka

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After I returned from Japan, I immediately flew off to Sri Lanka the next morning. My film RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS had been invited to the Best Debut Film competition section of the inaugural Jaffna International Cinema Festival. Naturally, I was excited. Jaffna is at the northern part of Sri Lanka, so when I arrived at the capital city of Colombo, it was necessary to take a 7-hour train ride to Jaffna. But before that, I was able to rest for a night at the YWCA International Guesthouse. Arrived at the YWCA International Guest House Colombo. Building's been around for 200 years! Posted by Edmund Yeo on  Thursday, September 17, 2015 The building has existed for more than two hundred years, and it was converted into a guest house almost a hundred years ago. It's cool that you write your guest registration on a thick book. My time in Colombo was quite short, I managed to visit the famed Gangaramaya temple. But only for a short while. Buddhist statues in Gangarama