A four-day film festival is part of a programme organised by the Sri Lanka Press Institute to mark World Press Freedom Day, which falls on May 3. The programme centres on the theme press freedom and the media.
In addition to the film festival, there will be a workshop on “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers”, and an inter-school oratorical competition on the same topic. The competition will be held in all three languages.
The film festival includes feature films on press freedom and media-related subjects from distinguished British and American directors. The films are “Shattered Glass” (director Billy Ray), May 2; “Cry Freedom” (director Richard Attenborough), May 3; “Absence of Malice” (director Sydney Pollack), May 5, and “Frost and Nixon” (director Ron Howard), May 6. The films will be screened daily from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm at the Sri Lanka Press Institute auditorium, 96 Kirula Road, Colombo 5. The workshop will be held on May 1, from 9.00 am to 11.00 am. Speakers include Dr. Rohan Samarajiva and Nalaka Gunawardene, who will talk about the new media and mobile platforms, and veteran British journalist Fiona Barton.
The venue is the institute auditorium at Kirula Road. Topics to be covered at the workshop include: 21st-century media; the blocking, filtering and censoring information; social networks; new generation mobile phone use; user concerns about privacy and security; micro-blogging via cell phones and other Internet tools; political dissidents under repressive regimes, and communicating through the latest internet tools.
The events are free of charge and open to the press and the public. Registration is required for attendance. To register, call Renuka at (011) 5353635 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before May 1.
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration for the Promotion of Free and Pluralistic Media. This seminal document came out of a UN/Unesco seminar that was held in Windhoek, Namibia, in April and May 1991.