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Celebrating Independent Cinema In Jaffna Peninsula

By C. V. Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

Madame Chairperson, Your Excellencies, distinguished guests, distinguished film world personalities, popular artistes and my dear brothers and sisters,

I am told Cinema festivals of this nature are normally opened by the Mayor of the city in which the festival takes place. Our local authorities unfortunately have been dissolved. Hence they have picked on me. Even though I am not glamorous enough to take the place of a Mayor, I hope I could make up for my cosmetic deficiency with my passion for the Visual Fine Arts.

We in the North have suffered in the field of cinematic production and exhibition due to the three decades of war. We are a war affected community. Since our youngsters had been involved more in the production of documentaries except for what the various Militant movements produced for their propaganda and dissemination, there had been a complete breakdown in the production of independent – Cinema in the Peninsula.

So this festival is an articulation of a much desired need on our part.

Let me first of all welcome all of you as the Chief Minister of the Northern Province. It is indeed a pleasure to be with all of you today at this meeting.

I find our Chairperson is passionately interested in propagating the fine art of cinematic representation to reach the people and to create a space for communities across borders to interact with each other. A noble object indeed!

The cinematic art brings to the notice of our people that human emotions transcend community divisions and are common to all mankind. With the help of subtitles from a common language almost any film could be appreciated due to the histrionic abilities of the artistes acting in such films.

I am reminded of a story I heard as a youngster. A famous Polish actress was interviewed on the T.V. She was asked by the English speaking interviewer to act a part in her Polish language. She did so speaking in her mother tongue. The audience were in tears without understanding her language. The interviewer asked at the end as to what her dialogue was about. She said “Nothing! I just acted and counted from number one onwards saying in my language one two three four and so on!” But her acting brought her audience to tears with nothing of her language being understood by them!

The cinematic art could be used to bring communities together or to divide and destroy communities. Let us make up our minds to mend fences that have kept our communities apart from each other. While doing so let us be aware of the power of the cinematic art to subtlely condition the minds of our people in such a way as to deviate them from their desired goals.

The Tamil community has been discriminated against continuously since Independence. I was fortunate enough to have lived during my early childhood in many parts of this Country as a citizen of the Great British Empire which ruled us then before independence. My early education was in Kurunegala and Anuradhapura before I joined Royal Primary in Colombo. My father was also stationed in Kandy and Tangalle as a Government Officer. As an original Court Judge later I had functioned in different parts of this Country. The significant thing I have noticed is that the camaraderie, the good will and wellbeing, the brotherly and humane relationship that existed prior to independence in this country is lacking now. Tamil speaking people who used to live and own lands and do businesses in many parts of the South had been driven out from their residences by pogroms and riots. Since Independence they have been relegated more or less within discernible areas by discriminatory laws and diabolical violence. As far as the North and East are concerned the State infiltration into their traditional areas of residence is still continuing. In other words a community that occupied almost every nook and corner of this country during my childhood peacefully doing their work as government employees or as traders or as cultivators of lands have been driven out from the rest of the Country and are now being driven out from their traditional homelands too. Hundreds of thousands of people who were citizens of this beautiful country have become citizens of alien countries simply because they or their predecessors were violently driven away. The cinematic art must be able to enlighten our youth and others of the inhuman activities that have taken this country on a wrong path. The visual media is capable of explaining to our youth the harm that had befallen the minorities in this Country due to the wrong policies followed by certain politicians due to their selfish reasons.

The total understanding of our past would help us to mend our future. Truth must precede reconciliation. Let us be courageous enough to accept our past, accept our mistakes and mend fences to take us on an enlightened humane path in the future.

This is a time for contemplation and consideration, co-operation and co-ordination. It is in the best order of things that the visual media is being promoted and propagated among us all.

So long as there are no diabolical ulterior motives in the promotion of our visual media, our youth must make use of this opportunity to enhance their abilities and prospects in the Cinematic world.

I am sure only noble and humane considerations drive us in this useful journey. Let me thank our Chairperson and the organizers for making the festival a reality. May our people benefit by participating in this festival gaining insight into other cultures and heritages. May our youth gain in understanding the subtle intricacies in the field of the Cinematic Art.

I thank the organizers for inviting me. Thank you all.

*Jaffna International Cinema Festival – Celebrating Independent Cinema in the Peninsula – Inaugural Ceremony at the Kailasapathy Auditorium, University of Jaffna on 15th September 2015 at 5.45 pm – Northern Province Chief Minister Justice C.V.Wigneswaran’s Speech

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    Wigneswaran is a bad actor.

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    It is a valuable speech for our Sinhalese brothers and sisters. Both Sinhalese and Tamils lived peacefully around the island under colonial rulers and before for many centuries but couldn’t live peacefully a single decade peacefully under Sinhalese lead rule. Why?

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      Because the Sinhales say appe aanduwa, appe rata thamai!

      It’s our rule, it’s our country, we can do what we want – that’s what the Sinhalese mean.

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    Dear Mr.Wigneswaran,

    Can you please let me know the Northern Province Chief Minister’s authority and responsibilities and what percentage of this you are able to perform today?

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    Cinima is to enforce a lie to truth

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    All Politicians are good actors.
    Not sure why they dont take acting as a career when their political life fade aay. One reason may be they would have made enough money from their political career.

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      Rajash

      “All Politicians are good actors”

      Ronald Regan as an actor was a flop

      Ronald Regan as a politician a good actor

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    There are contradictions that the Chief Minister should have taken care of. Bensen

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    Rajash,

    To be sure, you should write to Mahinda Rajapakse how much wealth he amassed after leaving acting and becoming a full time politician, get a written reply and publish is it in the CT both in English and Sinhalese.
    Also ask him why he is not retiring from politics ? Most probably he will say the majority of the SriLankans want him to stay in politics.

    If you do these you can call your self a smart patriot too. If you have problem writing to MR please approach DJ.

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    It is sad to note Vigneswaran’s nostalgia for the days his people were behaving like household servants of the British in exchange for only some of their privileged few enjoying high public office.For this privilege they were given the bones of office the white man did not particularly care about which from Vgneswaran’s perspective provided them with a sense of false superiority over the majority community and freedom.The boot licking days are long gone and the whole country has enjoyed independence for 67 years but Mr Vigneswaran seems to be still languishing in his imaginary British sunshine probably hoping those days will return.It is this type of sentiments and attitude that divided our country and ruined life particularly for the people of the North and the East.If he misses the British so much and wishes to be in their service he could migrate no doubt and leave his job to a self respecting self confident Sri Lankan Tamil who could guide the Tamil people to prosperity with dignity.

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    I was fortunate enough to have lived during my early childhood in many parts of this Country as a citizen of the Great British Empire which ruled us then before independence.

    I think it was this donkey’s great uncle who started the fall for tamils in Ceylon.

    His great uncle was a chap known as Arunachalam who were one of the leading figures pre-colonial times. He belonged to a party known as Ceylon Congress.

    The thing with the a Tamil donkey of this nature is they bubble up to the top without having to do much. Their caste system ensures they are always at the top regardless of their skills. The pre-colonial times were perfect for them. They did not need to compete for power. They were simply handed power on the basis of their ethnicity – i.e. Communal Representation.

    Its was when switch to Democratic Representation all crap hit the fan.

    This donkey’s great uncle wanted seat in Colombo south. Its probably the same seat Mano Ganeshon holds today. The incident is known as the “Cardinal Sin” by Tamil Nazis.

    It was still colonial rules and he had to play by them. Instead of competing for the seat he asks a Sinhala person to hand it over to him. This violates all kinds of elections laws and regulations.

    When that did not happen Arunachalam breaks away from Ceylon Congress and forms Tamil Congress. He then requests Tamils to get together and form “Tamil Eelam”. That was how it all began.

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      Vibhushana

      has been hearing donkey’s insane bray in his head since this morning.

      Please be kind to him/her/it.

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    Dear Mr.C.V Wigneswaran

    Celebrating Independent Cinema In Jaffna Peninsula:

    *** I read the following words with tears in my eyes. ” I am told Cinema festivals of this nature are normally opened by the Mayor of the city in which the festival takes place. Our local authorities unfortunately have been dissolved. Hence they have picked on me”.

    It looks like you have assumed the role of speaking on behalf of the Orphans:

    Let me cheer you up and ask you do you remember the song ” Pottu Vaitha Mugamo”. This was a song Sivaji Ganeshan sang for our ever green ” Jeyalalitha who recently passed a resolution. So the song is a poignant reminder of yourself and your role.

    1) Even though I am not glamorous enough to take the place of a Mayor, I hope I could make up for my cosmetic deficiency with my passion for the Visual Fine Arts.

    *** You are not going on a Cat Walk so Glamour takes second stage. But it is the message you convey that is important. Cinema is both Educational and Entertaining t. At the present time Entertainment is a dream when we have to attend to wiping away the tears of the Past when so many to be traced and so much to be healed.

    2) So this festival is an articulation of a much desired need on our part.

    *** Only to grieve the past and hope for the future.

    3) I find our Chairperson is passionately interested in propagating the fine art of cinematic representation to reach the people and to create a space for communities across borders to interact with each other. A noble object indeed!

    *** Please kindly remind the Chairperson that there are no takers on the other side only Pretenders.

    4) The cinematic art brings to the notice of our people that human emotions transcend community divisions and are common to all mankind. With the help of subtitles from a common language almost any film could be appreciated due to the histrionic abilities of the artistes acting in such films.

    ** I am not so optimistic as you are. Just to remind you. If the Channel 4 documentary “Killing Fields” hasnt opened the eyes of the Majority what chance have we got to prick the Conscience of the Majority of the Tamil Suffering. Frankly Zilch.

    5) I am reminded of a story I heard as a youngster. A famous Polish actress was interviewed on the T.V. She was asked by the English speaking interviewer to act a part in her Polish language. She did so speaking in her mother tongue. The audience were in tears without understanding her language. The interviewer asked at the end as to what her dialogue was about.

    *** Have you heard the story of Late ( too late) Mr.Amirthalingams encounter with Sivaperuman.

    6) So long as there are no diabolical ulterior motives in the promotion of our visual media, our youth must make use of this opportunity to enhance their abilities and prospects in the Cinematic world.

    *** You are mixing “Pleasure” with ” Purpose”. What you have is an ageing population and 67 years old to be exact and they are not going to change. It is winner takes all.

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    Justice CVW

    Cinema is not that important to the 45,000 people who were chased away from their homes by Arial bombardment by the Ari Lankan Armed forces in Vali North and you are fully aware of it. Six and a half years since the war ended, the army is not willing to release those lands to its owners and resettle them but building hotels and does farming in private lands. Just admitting and talking in platforms would not suffice. If the TNA and the Northern provincial council cannot do anything about it then they must say so for the people. These people are not interested in cinema at present. They are suffering in camps and relatives’ homes. If full powers are not vested in you, resign in protest. The Northern people do not want a council with no powers. They must get the land powers and police powers, which Ranil is not going to give and wishes to abolish the Provincial councils. The centre wants to retain full powers both judiciary and legislative. The army has to release all private lands in the 10 villages in vali North, they are occupying. The same case goes in Vanni as well. Removal of the army should be the priority for the Tamil people in the North.

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      Indian Tamils who sneaked into Sri Lanka were suffering in Camps.

      Kallathonis.

      Former kallathonis are crying out loud about it.

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        Jim Sooty:

        Animals who sneaked in are hiding in Wilpathu

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        Jim Sooty:

        enjoy this one. 1.1 billion are coming by Bycle, Motor Cycle,
        Cars Lorries and Vans. NO THONIES.

        I cant wait for it.

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    Minority peoples are prasing British Colonial rule, because British rulers adopted divide and rule policy. Under this system only minorities and who embraced christianity were given all priveleges. Sri Lanan Majority peoples who are mainley Buddhidt Sinhalease had been cornered and were not able to get white colour jobs during colonial period. This situation was changed after 1956.This is the reason why Tamils are shouting for discrimination.

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    Reading the comments by the tamils it disgusts me to see how rascist they are and they have the guts to call the sinhalese rascists. Talking about psychiatrists who dont we get one to analyse the comments made here by the tamils and the sinhalese to find out who is actually rascist. The tamils keep shouting for war crimes investigations when they have committed the most crimes, they keep calling the sinhalese rascists when they are the worst. What a tragedy this is. Is there no one alive who can put these people on the right track?

    So much damage was done to the sinhalese during the war but they have forgotten all that but the tamils keep shouting about the sinhalese. Talking and harping on the negative is never going to improve your life it will only make things worse. What a tragedy!!

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    Dear Chief Minister of Northern Province,

    I have nothing against your interest in cinema and your various resolutions.

    However I expect to see more multitasking in the future.

    As you surely know there are many problems that the inhabitants of your province have. Lack of water has been taken up often. The quality of the water is not good and the quantity is not enough.

    I have recently read that the Chief Minister of another province (NCP) provided 77 Reverse Osmosis filters to solve the problem of unsafe drinking water in some villages.

    Today I read in the Daily News that the same province has received extra funding from the Central Government to renovate irrigation tanks.

    “On the request of Provincial Irrigation Minister H. B. Semasinghe, the government has allocated Rs. 300 million to renovate 65 minor irrigation tanks which were heavily damaged in the floods. These will be renovated before the 2015/ 2016 Maha season cultivation begins.”

    http://dailynews.lk/?q=local/minor-irrigation-tanks-renovation-fast-tracked

    Has the NPC that you lead applied for similar or any other projects to solve the water problems in the province?

    In case you have applied has the request for funding been rejected? If you feel that you have been discriminated you should pass another resolution demanding justice.

    To my best knowledge the only statement you have made on water problems was a story about an insect in a restaurant. It did not solve anything.

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    Dear Mr.Wigneswaran,

    I have posted a comment under Mr.Samaraweeras Article in response to a statement put out by Field Marshal SF. My comment is self explanatory and as a retired Judge you will understand the implications for GOSL arising from his statement which amounts to SUJUDICE.
    As a Field Marshal he should refrain from making wild public statements when the UN has published its report and an Inquiry is pending.
    This puts GOSL in a difficult position that they are going to play a neutral role when SF is part of the GOSL.
    I kindly ask you to use your good offices and advise MS SF and SF of the damage that has been done.

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