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‘Kerosene’ by Kannan Arunasalam wins international documentary award

Groundviews is extremely pleased to recognise that Kannan Arunasalam has won the 2013 South Asian International Documentary Festival’s Prism Short Award for ‘Kerosene’. This short film was one of three produced by Kannan with utilising a small grant by Groundviews in 2011. First screened in Colombo and subsequently featured on the critically acclaimed Moving Images […]

Resource book for historians, researchers and media: A year of tweeting from Groundviews

Visualisation of our Twitter followers. See larger version here. We used the web service Tweet Book to capture all our tweets over the past year in a single PDF. We’ve tweeted thousands of times over the past twelve months and have covered, The media fallout of the farcical fast of senior government Minister Wimal Weerawansa in […]

Watch Moving Images at Kandy International Film Festival (KIFF)

We are very pleased to announce that films from Moving Images will be part of the first Kandy International Film Festival (KIFF). Though the official schedule is still being finalised, we have been informed by the organisers that Moving Images will be screened from 4 – 6pm on Saturday, 25th at the Kandy City Centre. […]

Proud of being a ‘half-caste’: Perceptions of Eurasians in Sri Lanka

Although there were times when to be an Eurasian meant that one was generally looked down upon, considered ‘half caste’, Rosemarie is proud of her mixed heritage. At the time when she was growing up, Eurasians and Burghers saw themselves as being distinct and different from each other. Now, both communities are a rarity in […]

A happy mix of English, Sinhala, French and Tamil: A second generation Eurasian in Sri Lanka

Rosemarie Le Mottee Joachim is second generation Eurasian. She grew up in Colombo but her roots were in the hill country. A happy mix of English, Sinhala, French and Tamil, Rosemarie tells the story of her grandparents. For Rosemarie’s story and video, please click here. Produced by Menika van der Poorten for Moving Images. A trailer […]

Kerosene: How does a taxi driver take the sick to the hospital when there’s no fuel around?

How does a taxi driver take the sick to the hospital when there’s no fuel around? How does a newspaper publish news of bombs and deaths without newsprint? And how does a community with leprosy survive despair and isolation? Koothu, kerosene and paper: portraits of resilience, expression and survival about the people of Jaffna, Sri […]

Koothu: Theatre and leprosy in Jaffna

How does a taxi driver take the sick to the hospital when there’s no fuel around? How does a newspaper publish news of bombs and deaths without newsprint? And how does a community with leprosy survive despair and isolation? Koothu, kerosene and paper: portraits of resilience, expression and survival about the people of Jaffna, Sri […]

Recycling the plastic we throw to make a living: Nazaruddin’s work in Slave Island

On a walk down one of the many byroads of Slave Island during midday, we encountered a curious sight: a fairly elderly man wearing a sarong and a dusty green cap, sitting cross-legged on the side of the road next to a gushing tap by the gutter and surrounded by a sea of plastic bottles […]

Paper: The incredible story of Uthayan in Jaffna

How does a taxi driver take the sick to the hospital when there’s no fuel around? How does a newspaper publish news of bombs and deaths without newsprint? And how does a community with leprosy survive despair and isolation? Koothu, kerosene and paper: portraits of resilience, expression and survival about the people of Jaffna, Sri […]

Sharing a common god: The Sivasubramaniam Kovil in Slave Island

Munisekar has always been devout. From the age of nine, he began working at the Sivasubramaniam Kovil of Slave Island – the place of worship closest to where he lived with his parents. Every day after school, Munisekar would go to the Kovil to work and study there. In a few years however he stopped […]

The education of a Muslim girl: Snapshots of Fatheema

15-year-old Fatheema Sulaika has lofty plans for her future. Study hard, become a psychologist, do her bit for mankind and hope that her example inspires oppressed women the world over. Needless to say, encountering such vibrant ambition down one of Slave Island’s drearier streets was rather unexpected. A tall, lithe and uncommonly beautiful girl, Fatheema […]

The ‘dobis’ in Colombo: Unseen people, used by most

In a locality where washing lines heavy with colour light up even the most mundane landscape, Navam Mawatha’s laundry seems a nucleus of sorts. Surrounded by banks and plush office spaces, the old laundry, sitting on prime real estate, remains virtually unchanged since its creation in the 1920s. It consists of two sturdy rows of […]