Best direction at the 23rd Rainbow Film Festival London, 2022 – By NIROSHA RAJAPAKSE Source:sundayobserver.lk Akira Kurosawa, the celebrated Japanese filmmaker once declared: “human beings share the same common problems. A film can only be understood, if it depicts these properly”. ‘The Newspaper’, a Sri Lankan film, directed jointly by Sarath Kothalawala and Kumara Thirimadura, two-actor turned film directors bears testimony to the above statement. The film was produced by Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana along with W. Premasiri and Ravindra Guruge. ‘The Newspaper’ is also the fourth award-winning film produced by Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana. It won the award for the best direction at the 23rd Rainbow Film Festival London 2022, which was held across East London from May 29 to June 5, 2022. ‘The Newspaper’ has got a touching and grieving story. It employs an amazing set of characters. Every actor is an exception with a great bit of ...

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The value of helping others – By Pramod De Silva Source:sundayobserver.lk These are difficult times indeed. This trying period started with the onset of the Covid pandemic two years ago and it still continues as a result of the resulting economic slump. In the meantime, our foreign reserves have plummeted, expat earnings have fallen drastically and tourism has declined. We cannot regularly import many of the things we have taken for granted such as fuel, LP Gas and certain essential foods, leading to massive queues all around the island. This depressed economic environment has taken a heavy toll, with many people having lost their jobs and means of income and many surviving on two or even one meal a day. This has also raised malnutrition levels among children. Every sector has been adversely impacted, from farming to fisheries. One cannot even imagine how daily wage earners and the unemployed make ...

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Remain calm, accept things as they come ‘Remember, we all die’ – By SAMANGIE WETTIMUNY Source:sundayobserver.lk Following are excerpts from an interview with Theravada Bhikkhu and renowned meditation guru Venerable Ajahn Suchart Abhijato Thera of Thailand.     Q: Sri Lankans are undergoing a difficult period at the moment with constant strikes, protests, constant fuel, and essential commodity shortages affecting their daily lives in a bad manner. The minds of the people are disturbed. What advice do you have to offer to these people? How can they maintain their mental balance? Please advise. A: Just look at other countries such as Ukraine that are in a worse shape than yours. People in Ukraine suffer more than anyone else. So if you can see things in a balanced manner, you will realise that the problems you are facing at the moment are not that bad. You better use your wisdom. That’s the ...

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