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Sri Lanka    CHURCH CINEMA ORGANISATION DENOUNCES BAN ON WAR FILM
Catholic clergy and laity have denounced the ban on an internationally acclaimed film dealing with the realities of the prolonged ethnic war in Sri Lanka.
    Fr Cyril Gamini Fernando, who watched "Purahanda Kaluwara" (Full Moon Darkness) abroad told UCA News the film portrays a poor rural Sinhalese family that receives in a sealed coffin the body of a son killed in action.
    According to Fr Fernando, director of OCIC, the international Catholic organization for cinema and audiovisuals in Sri Lanka, the film touches on the vanity of war, a theme that he said local cinema has not dealt with.
    A government minister banned screening of the film on the grounds that it could demoralize troops fighting Tamil rebels.
   
UCAN
   
7 Sep 00



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