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Lester James Peries and the Evolution of Sri Lankan Cinema

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Although there is a general feeling of dismay concerning the current status of cinema in Sri Lanka, filmmaker Lester James Peries continues to fight against the obstacles to create cinematic works that are worthy of recognition both locally and internationally. At the time the following interview was conducted, although he was not actively working on a project of his own, he was nevertheless engrossed in contributing to his wife Sumithra's new film. The interview was conducted at his house on Dickman's Road (recently named Lester James Peries Mawatha as a tribute by the government to his services to Sri Lankan cinema), Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 9 and 10, 2007.
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Keywords: Lester James Peries; Sri Lanken cinema; indigenous cinema; rural life

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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