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Sri Lankan film 'Nela' in Riyadh

Nela director Bennett Rathnayake along with the Organising Committee Members before the screening of the film.
Nela director Bennett Rathnayake along with the Organising Committee Members before the screening of the film.

Sri Lankan film Nela directed by Bennett Rathnayake was screened on November 28 as a part of the “Ambassador’s Choice: Film Festival” organised by the Embassy of India in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), which partnered with several resident Missions including the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh.

The event was attended by several members of the diplomatic corps, Saudi nationals, members of the Sri Lankan community and expatriates in the Kingdom.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to KSA P.M. Amza gave a short introduction on Sri Lanka’s film industry. He said that the history of the Sri Lanka’s Film Industry goes back to 1925, when the first Sri Lankan silent movie Rajakeeya Vikramaya was screened. He also highlighted the great contribution by veteran film directors such as Dr. Lester James Peries, Tissa Abeysekara, Chandran Rutnam, Dr. D.B. Nihalsingha, Udayakantha Warnasooriya, H.D. Premaratne, Ashoka Handagama, Prasanna Vithanage and Vimukthi Jayasundara, who have acclaimed international recognition for their work and given new life into the cinema industry in Sri Lanka. As the film was based on the story of the tea plantation era in the early 20th century, the Ambassador said that Sri Lankan Tea is still produced with maximum human intervention ensuring its quality.


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