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The Silence shines in Moscow

Ranga Bandaranayake, well-known Sri Lankan TV drama and programme producer, son of a Sri Lankan film director and playwright Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, won the golden award for his film The Silence under the category of “Civil society” - Documentary films devoted to the fight for civil rights at the XXI International Festival of Detective Films and Television Programmes on Law-Enforcement Themes “Detective FEST”, held in Moscow on April 22.

About 1,218 films and TV productions from 78 countries contested in 12 categories at the festival.

The DetectiveFEST organised by the production company Detective, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, featured films (full-length and short films), documentary films and TV series, animation films, thematic TV programmes and TV spots, produced by film and TV companies.

Six nominees from Sri Lanka Rupavahini (TV) Corporation contested in three categories. Short films Shadows, directedby Athula Peiris, and Pots of Milk, directed by Ranga Bandaranayake were nominated under the category of “Game film (short film) detective, law enforcement, military and antiterrorist”. A Taste of Ceylon Tea, directed by Shiran Ratnayake, and The Silence contestedunder the “Civil society” - about citizens’ fight for their rights” category, while The Swallow Nest Racket and The Elephant Story, directed by Nishadi Ruwanmalie contested under the “Environmental crimes - the fight against crimes in the ecology” catgory.

Sri Lankan nominees received second highest number of awards (five awards) at the festival with the highest number of awards being awarded to Russian contenders.



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