Blog Archive, page 2

New film: ‘Sampur’, released 6 April 2016

Sampur (30 mins) about a community’s struggle to return home, after decades of conflict and displacement. The film follows three families from Sampur, eastern Sri Lanka over three months, in the wake of the community’s court case victory against the government to return to their homes after the war. Commissioned by CPA and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Documentary trailer here.

‘Thep’ shortreal posted on Upworthy, nearly 1/2 million views, 30 March 2016

Upworthy posted our shortreal Thep — a mild-mannered surgeon in a storefront clinic in Bangkok who gives people the bodies they’ve always wanted. He almost never sleeps or eats, and he keeps his mobile by his side always. He’s glad the rest of the world is finally catching up. Directed, shot and cut by Kannan Arunasalam for Stateless Media.

‘News from Jaffna’ (Director’s cut) screened at Seattle South Asian Film Festival, 16 October 2015

A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.

Release of ‘The People’s Prophet’, The Guardian, 7 September 2015

Release of our Stateless Media shortreal ‘The People’s Prophet‘ on The Guardian, 7 September 2015

“Elections take place in November in Myanmar, with Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party expected to win most seats. But alongside the political debate, there’s another conflict – between each side’s astrologers, for whom advising politicians is a lucrative business. In a country with a long history of superstition, where major decisions have been made by leaders after consultation with astrologers, can three charismatic prophets influence the future of Myanmar?”

Release of ‘Citizen Mars’, Stateless Media, AOL Originals, Engadget, 1 September 2015

Latest series of shortreals, Stateless Media’s ‘Citizen Mars‘, commissioned by AOL Originals and Engadget. It was an absolute pleasure to capture would-be Marstronaut Shradha Prasad’s story from India, and the entire Stateless Media team.

“We go in depth with five of the finalists for the Mars One mission: everyday people determined to be the first to colonize the Red Planet. Through interviews and extensive vérité that spans India, Egypt, South Africa, Italy, and the U.S., discover the obsession with the future, adventure, and space that’s propelling them to leave everything – and everyone – behind.”

’Myanmar: Portraits of Diversity’, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 15 April 2015

Screening of my short films on religious co-existence with the amazing Buddhist monk, the Venerable Tayzar Dipati, leading the discussion.
Myanmar: Portraits of Diversity, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011 on 15 April 2015

USIP screening of Myanmar Portraits of Diversity, Washington DC, 9 April 2015

Special screening organised by United States Institute for Peace (USIP) of Myanmar Portraits of Diversity, “Burma’s Peace Potential: Portraits of Diversity”, U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC, 9 April 2015

‘News from Jaffna’ commissioned by Al Jazeera English, broadcast on 29 September 2014

‘News from Jaffna’ (25 mins) was commissioned by the Al Jazeera Witness team under its Viewfinder Asia programme, and first broadcast on 29 September 2014.

A young reporter dares to cover press freedom in one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists – Sri Lanka.

Screenings and Q&A, ‘New South Asian Documentary: On and Off Screen’, New York University, 25-27 September 2015

Screening/Presentation: A selection of work by Kannan Arunasalam followed by Q&A with Kannan Arunasalam and Vasuki Nesiah (Gallatin Human Rights Initiative). ‘New South Asian Documentary: On and Off Screen’, New York University, New York, 25-27 September 2015

‘The Story of One’ selected for Travelling Film South Asia, 2014

After each FSA festival, a package of 8-10 films are selected to travel across the Subcontinent and the world as the at more than 50 international venues”>Travelling Film Southasia (TFSA) package.’The Story of One’ also won the inaugural Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation grant prize for documentary film in 2013.