‘Cinema binds diverse cultures of countries’
“Cinema undoubtedly reflects cultural identity and binds countries of cultural diversity. It is like a window into a new and better understanding of everyday life. Movies are mirrors of society and propagating the right rational ideas of society of a certain era,” Mass Media and Information Minister of Sri Lanka, Keheliya Rambukwella said.
Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella with the directors, jury members and key players of the event. Picture by Ruwan de Silva
The Minister was speaking at the SAARC Film Festival inauguration. Rambukwella stated that the event opens a common platform to share viewpoints and exchange ideas.
He noted that though the three decade terrorism and political backdrop of the country had an impact on local cinema, the industry had begun to thrive with several filmmakers making globally acclaimed productions.
“Cinema is not merely an art form. It is a mode of communication which can change the society and strengthen values. Various modes of telecommunication had revolutionized the era. It had made a great influence on the widescreen. Cinema has stiff competition with alternative entertainment media,” Minister Rambukwella noted.