Archive for: Press

Invitation to Havana, Cuba from Cornell University’s AAP, Sep. – Oct. 2016

Invitation from Cornell University’s Architecture, Art and Planning and the Society for the Humanities to participate in Cuba as Project: Mellon Seminar Visits Havana
“The Mellon seminar students were joined by DuFour’s architecture option studio, Havana After Nature, as well as three invited guests — documentary filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam, architectural historian and theorist Iulia Statica…”

Release of “Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain”, Stateless Media, AOL Originals, TechCrunch, October 2016

Cinematographer on Stateless Media’s documentary series commissioned by AOL Originals and posted on TechCrunch,  “Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain”, about the rise of bitcoin, October 2016

‘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) selected for 14th Film South Asia’s Travelling Film Festival, November 2015

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

‘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.

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

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.

Review of ‘I Am’ in New York Times, 7 February 2014

“For viewers halfway around the world, “I Am” offers both a rich portrait of a region through the eyes of its elders, as well as a reminder of how, when racial or ethnic differences are put in the foreground, they overshadow both public and private life. Kannan Arunasalam is a Sri Lankan-born artist who grew up in London and returned to his home country in 2005. His project “I Am” (2010-12), which includes video and a website, uses the diary form to interview elders in Sri Lanka, particularly as people from different ethnic groups are ejected from the country, causing strife and transformation. The driving question for Mr. Arunasalam, as he says on the project’s website, is: “Was there a time when people in Sri Lanka didn’t describe themselves as Sinhalese or Tamil, Muslim or Burgher? Or at least when these identities weren’t foremost in their minds?” A Review of ‘Dear Diary: Update on All’, Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 7 February 2014