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Channel 4 film director Callum Macrae who exposed Sri Lanka's alleged war crimes and took the famous picture of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran's son eating a snack just before he was shot dead will release a new Sinhala version of his award winning documentary "No Fire Zone" in the premises of the House of Commons possibly souring Britain's relation with Sri Lanka.


According to the Times of India, The launch will be attended by director Callum Macrae and will have the presence of British MPs—Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh, Conservative MP Lee Scott and others from parliament.


The documentary was nominated for the prestigious Emmy award. India refused the film a censorship certificate, explaining in part that it might "strain friendly relations with Sri Lanka." India also refused a visa to director Callum Macrae.


The meeting will also be addressed by exiled Sinhalese writer Bashana Abeywardane.


The release of the version will coincide with the visit of the new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to the UK and will take place a day before he is due to have dinner with the Queen.


Macrae says: "The films intend to allow the majority Sinhala population to see for the first time the shocking evidence of war crimes and massacres committed at the end of the war by their own government's forces."


The producers said they will challenge the current ban on the film in India, Malaysia and Nepal.


The film was described by Prime Minister David Cameron as "one of the most chilling documentaries I have watched".


But until now the film has been effectively banned in Sri Lanka. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had asked the public to inform on anyone "secretly helping" the filmmakers.


However president Sirisena's government has repeatedly promised to lift restrictions on the internet "and end the intimidation, enforced disappearances and killings of journalists in Sri Lanka," said Macrae.
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  • Nims Wednesday, 11 March 2015 03:34 PM

    Bashana will never do such a dirty thing if he loves his mother.

    Saran Wednesday, 11 March 2015 03:36 PM

    First watch movie and than comments about it. That is true journalism. Good or Bad write your opinion here.

    Banda Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:22 AM

    It is good to document an historical event in thruthful manner, other wise future generations will blame you for hiding the truth

    LogicalCitizen Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:50 AM

    Dan hari da? Hoda wede ape "wenasa" soya giya minissunta.

    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:06 PM

    Healing ethnic wounds British style ably assisted by Yahapalana Style. Boiling, not chilling.

    vIBUSHANAN Thursday, 12 March 2015 09:17 AM

    SO THE GENERAL SRI LANKA POPULATION IS READY TO FACE THE TRUTH. IT WILL BE GOOD FOR EVERY BODY. LET THE TRIPLE GEM BLESS ALL SRI LANKANS.

    min Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:20 PM

    I am a Sinhala Buddhist and I would like to watch this film. If our soldiers fought the war unethically and immorally then action must be taken against them regardless of their ethnicity or religion.

    Prof.Rubert Vanderkoon Wednesday, 11 March 2015 12:58 PM

    What a spiteful loser this Macrae is! He believes he could show us something for the first time, when we have been through the mayhem of this war in the first place for 30 years. He says it is a documentary when everybody knows he is a film maker who makes fictional movies. What is this Bashana Abeywardane or whatever, is doing out there when his Godfather Macrae prays the new government under which, the media enjoy ample freedom?

    Banda Wednesday, 11 March 2015 01:07 PM

    So you believe this crap....

    boris Wednesday, 11 March 2015 01:25 PM

    The adult singhalese people should have the right to see this film commented in their own language. There is nothing wrong by doing so.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 11 March 2015 02:23 PM

    Prof.Rubert VanderkoonIt is only Sinhalese who claim this documentary is fictional for obvious reasons. Much of the filming in this doc was done by Sinhalese soldiers themselves as trophy videos, that is the authenticity of it all. Prof...as a learned person, truth can never be hidden however much we try to suppress. We just saw what happened to MR in the last election. It was not Tamils who did not vote for him, it was 50% of the Sinhalese who refused to accept his corruption and criminality.


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