14 December, 2018

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White Van Stories To Air Across UK, US And Australia

White Van Stories, a documentary on enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka with never-seen-before footage, is set to be featured on Channel 4, UK

Leena Manimekalai

Leena Manimekalai, an independent Indian film-maker, is set to feature exclusive material from her documentary feature White Van Stories that highlights enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka.

The documentary will be aired on UK’s Channel 4 in November 2013.

The special 12-minute cut will also be aired in the United States and through CNN and ABC broadcasting networks and in Australia via the multilingual broadcaster – SBS.

The global broadcast coincides with the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo that has been highly criticized in the face of Sri Lanka’s ever-increasing human rights abuse cases.

The cut is based on a 2-hour documentary feature produced and directed by Leena Manimekalai that follows seven characters, covering a gamut of provinces and ethnicities, and the tragic unexplained disappearances  of their loved ones in post-war Sri Lanka. The characters will also give  audiences a stark glimpse at the characters’ resilience to find the disappeared as part of their continued fight for justice.

“White Van Stories tracks Sri Lanka’s long history of unexplained disappearances in the 1980s during the armed revolt of the  Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna(JVP), and later as the civil war intensified in the  1990s up to recent years,” said Leena Manimekalai. “The lives of the families of the disappeared across Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim ethnicities are portrayed,” she added.

The recent rally held in Jaffna and Colombo on 27th and 30th of August 2013 (International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances) during UNHRC High Commissioner, Ms. Navi Pillay’s visit to Sri Lanka is the centerpiece of the docu-feature as the characters were amongst the hundreds of families of the disappeared who had protested.

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    If Isipriya was a tiger terrist she should be killed, as tigers killed lot of tamil journalist also. On the date Mr.Luxman Kadiragamar killed, tigers killed a Tamil woman journalist worked for ITN. We need a fleet of white vans, if any mores tigers lived here..If Tamil ass likers expect get hit by westerners to Sri Lanka, its another dream like Ealam…..

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    When we think about my country it is sad to tell. If we say minda is out war hero that is bull shit my friend. here was that man after the war was over. If he was the hero why the country is in this way. Why this white van stories. Why is this gun killings. Most of srilankan think this is in blank angal.The war was over not because of that man the key man was General fonsaka. That man was sant it to jail because fucker brother sad him as a uncontrolabe man. because if he came as the key man all rajapaskas hidden pasts will come out to earth. This is the correct story not that maheda hero. He and his faimly had rob milions of assits from the country which people can see but they wount talk.
    thank you.
    open your fucking eyes and see.

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    Day come to srilanka

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