Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
The Channel 4’s No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka – a supposedly investigative documentary about alleged human rights violations, that took place during the final weeks of the war in Sri Lanka in May 2009, is one of four documentaries nominated for the International Emmy Awards 2014 in the USA.
However, Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya, who down played the controversial film of Macrae’s Emmy nomination called it ‘nothing but a sensational piece of falsehood.’
“I am not an artiste to view his piece of ‘art’ but all what is can say it’s a piece of rubbish work and he is nominated for it with a vested interest.”
“What more can I say?” he said adding, “We requested on several occasions to come forward even before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to produce the original footage to counter his footage but he refused to do so. Even now we have the Missing Persons Commission sitting. There too he can produce it as evidence material. Why can’t he?” the Brigadier questioned.
Rubbishing further what Macrae had been doing with the documentary all these……years, he said, “Macrae his doing his rounds screening the documentary so tirelessly globally now, and he has landed himself seeking an Emmy nomination now and we are not surprised.”
He added: We should not be concerned and as we have seen him screening it here and there. It’s not a new thing,” he expressed.
The documentary by Macrae, an award-winning filmmaker, writer and journalist, covered the period from September 2008 until the end of the war in May 2009.
‘No Fire Zone’ is a 93-minute feature film about the final months of the three decades long Sri Lankan civil war. The film, which has already bagged several international awards and taken around the world as part of a call to action, was significantly screened by its director at the 22nd session of the UNHRC in Geneva in March 2013.
The nominees announced Monday (13 October) span 10 categories for programming and performances. The other three nominated for the Emmy were De Volta (Going Back) from Brazil, ‘Frihetbakomgaller’ (No Burqas, Behind Bars) from Sweden and Phantoms of the Border from South Korea.The winners will be announced and awards will take place at the 42nd International Emmy Awards on November 24, 2014 at the New York Hilton Hotel.