Thousands of individuals from across Sri Lanka have been displaced for years, some multiple times.

For over a decade, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (the institutional home of Groundviews) has documented issues related to displacement and returns, advocating reform and litigating on unjust and arbitrary practices. Two cases CPA has followed closely for years, supporting litigation and advocating land releases and durable solutions include the areas in the Jaffna district and in Sampur, Trincomalee district. With the promise of reparations and reform by the present government, some progress has been made in both these areas -some land -owners being able to return home after years of displacement. In its most recent initiative, CPA has commissioned a documentary titled ‘SAMPUR’, capturing the continuing struggles with displacement, challenges awaiting return to ones home and the hope of a new future.

Shot and produced by the award-winning documentary filmmaker and visual journalist Kannan Arunasalam, the documentary will be launched on 6 April 2016 and will be available on www.tjsrilanka.org.

The trailer is available on Facebook and also on Vimeo. It can be also seen below.

SAMPUR: Trailer

Thousands of individuals from across Sri Lanka have been displaced for years, some multiple times. For over a decade, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (the institutional home of Groundviews) has documented issues related to displacement and returns, advocating reform and litigating on unjust and arbitrary practices. Two cases CPA has followed closely for years, supporting litigation and advocating land releases and durable solutions include the areas in the Jaffna district and in Sampur, Trincomalee district. With the promise of reparations and reform by the present government, some progress has been made in both these areas -some land -owners being able to return home after years of displacement. In its most recent initiative, CPA has commissioned a documentary titled ‘SAMPUR’, capturing the continuing struggles with displacement, challenges awaiting return to ones home and the hope of a new future. Shot and produced by the award-winning documentary filmmaker and visual journalist Kannan Arunasalam, the documentary will be launched on 6 April 2016.

Posted by Groundviews on Monday, March 28, 2016

  • n. ethirveerasingam

    I am looking forward to seeing Kannan’s Film. I was in Sampur last in November 1999. Sampur people were a community of brave and hardworking community. I Never thought that they will ever be reduced to a state of dispair by a State. In them I see the resilient and hope needed to get back to what they were. I have no doubt they will triumph in their quest. As an Educationist I want to go back to help the children achieve the potential they were born with.

    Truth is a beautiful dynamic force. But we must also recognise that the Truth is an event of High probability. It is left to the people of Sampur and those who care to make that probability to 99.99%.