DHEEPAN: A Fictional Tale of Tamil Tiger Asylum Seeker – Now in the Cannes spotlight

“Dheepan” is one of 19 films in competition for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or top prize,  to be awarded on Sunday. The story of Dheepan is that of  a former fighter in the Sri Lankan civil war trying to make a new life in France with a fake family.

“Dheepan” by one of France’s most acclaimed film directors, Jacques Audiard, tells the story of the  war-scarred title character meeting a young woman and a nine-year-old girl in a refugee camp. In order to win passage to France, they assume the identities of a dead family to use their travel papers. The Film appears to have received wide acclaim and is featured in several media reports, including the Guardian, Washington Times and The Daily Mail
London’s Evening Standard newspaper called it an “intense thriller that goes to the heart of the immigrant crisis”. And cinema trade magazine Screen International said the picture offers “the pleasures of captivating storytelling with an irresistible human pulse”
Sri Lankan immigrant drama ‘Dheepan’ finds a home at Cannes
From left, actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan, director Jacques Audiard, actress Claudine Vincent Rottiers and actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Dheepan, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

From left, actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan, director Jacques Audiard, actress Claudine Vincent Rottiers and actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Dheepan, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 21, 2015. ..by JAKE COYLE – Associated Press – Thursday, May 21, 2015

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Muslim Aussie Protest Action Drowned out by Irreverent Aussie Aetheists

SEE https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=937981969546403&set=vb.100000038277260&type=2&theater …..

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Muslim protester’s gather in Melbourne then get the shock of their life when Patriotic Aussies surround them and show them who’s boss. this is the way they should be silenced everywhere they open their mouths! SHARE
מפגינים מוסלמים מקבלים את שוק חייהם כשפטריוטים אוסטרלים מקיפים ומראים להם מי הבוס! כך צריך להשתיק אותם בכל העולם! שתפו

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The Spirit of Emperor Ashoka in Remembrance Day, 19th May … and thus A Step towards Rapprochement

Gnana Moonesinghe, courtesy of The Sunday Island, 24 May 2015, where the title runs “Remembrance Day for Victory Day deflects from triumph to rapprochement”

                                 “It is the gentle law of men

                                  To change water into light

                                  Dreams into reality

                                 Enemies into brothers” …….  Paul Eluard

The name change from Victory Day to Remembrance Day to commemorate the same event reflects a change in approach towards May 19 2009, that is the end of the three decade war. Remembrance Day evokes a sense of pathos and perhaps a desire to reflect even as Emperor Asoka did at Kalinga. His victory gave him no joy; he could only see the disarray on the battlefield; the dead and the mangled. It made him reflect; it changed him and made him look up to the Buddha’s teachings for solace. It gave this country Buddhism through the children of Emperor Asoka who brought the word of the Buddha to this country.  A 11 Sri-Lankas-Tamil-natives-commemorate-civil-war-anniversary-as-Remembrance-Day 

Sri Lankan women police officers march during a Victory Day parade in Matara, about 165 kilometers (103 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Sri Lanka's government Tuesday marked the sixth anniversary of the civil war victory over ethnic Tamil separatists. (AP Photo/Nishan Priyantha)

Sri Lankan women police officers march during a Victory Day parade in Matara, about 165 kilometers (103 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Sri Lanka’s government Tuesday marked the sixth anniversary of the civil war victory over ethnic Tamil separatists. (AP Photo/Nishan Priyantha)

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The sheer Galle of it: ‘Regaling’ Sri Lanka

Freddy Halliday, courtesy of  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-3086195/The-sheer-Galle-Turtles-notch-accommodation-total-relaxation-Sri-Lanka-finds-new-boho-chic-atmosphere.html where the title runs “The sheer Galle of it: Turtles, top-notch accommodation and total relaxation as Sri Lanka finds a new boho-chic atmosphere

GALLE 11 A place awash with history: Galle’s colonial heritage is visible on all corners of the city’s Old Town

We are sitting in a balcony restaurant in the Old Town, with views over the ramparts to the becalmed Indian Ocean beyond.It is our first night. ‘Ah, wonderful,’ says an Englishwoman, emerging from the stairs below. ‘I was up at 5am swimming with sea turtles just off Galle Fort. You should try it. A place awash with history: Galle’s colonial heritage is visible on all corners of the city’s Old Town What a way to see the sun come up. Continue reading

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Koenigsberg on the Western INVESTMENT in Bloody Warfare and Suicidal Missions

Letter from Richard Koenigsberg to Michael Roberts, 21 May 2015

Again, your description is great—like to see more of this kind of “literary” prose. I think you have an idea of what I’m doing, but let me put it forward again (this is where it all began): I’m trying to point out that the West is DEEPLY IMPLICATED in “suicide missions” (SM as you call it, or is it S&M?) In the scene you just saw—and in nearly every battle in the First World War (and also in the Civil War), generals sent soldiers into battle with a high probability that they would be slaughtered. THE SCALE OF THIS DWARFS WHAT ANY TERRORIST ORGANIZATION HAS DONE.

Yet, for some strange reason, people in the West have difficulty seeing this: it’s right in front of our faces, yet we can’t see it. We take it for granted. It’s part of our culture. We take war for granted.

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War as Blood and Gore: Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944

In support of my concept of “sacrificial devotion” and in keeping with his consistent criticism of all the generals on all the sides in World War One, Richard Koenigsberg has sent me a video clip of US troops storming and blundering onto Omaha Beach at Normandy on D-day 6th June 1944. It is an unfolding picture of fear, faith, bravery, death and carnage. You see men kissing their rosaries and crosses as the landing craft approach the beach  —  you see guys shot to pieces, limbs being torn asunder, a man with entrails hanging out shouting “Mamaaaaaa” …

It is actually a set of scenes from Saving Private Ryan with Tom Hanks involved. However its is realistic fiction involving the use of contemporary film pyrotechnics  to capture the horrors of war. So those young bucks who head for war zones and chauvinists and patriots who push for insurgency do need to absorb the effects.

You can click either of these links

 But, a WARNING …the film’s realism is horrible.

NOTE: David Hart, an authority on war movies, had this to say: “The stir caused by Spielberg’s WW2 combat movie “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) has been caused by the unflinching depiction of the nature of combat for those American soldiers who landed at Omaha Beach in Normandy on 6 June 1944. For many viewers it is the first time in 54 years that the nature of an amphibious assault under fire by modern weapons has been depicted in such graphic detail on the screen.”

For more on  and by HART see http://www.libraryofsocialscience.com/assets/pdf/Hart-ProPatriaMori.pdf

ALSO SEE http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/surviving-d-day-omaha-beach-1944-full-documentary.html AND use the material to reflect upon “The Will to War…” Continue reading

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Reflections on Caste Disabilities in the Jaffna Peninsula in 1973 and Movements towards the Present

Jane Russell  …. Memo to Michael Roberts re Articles to Sri Lanka Guardian from Sebastian Rasalingam (Toronto) and Thomas Johnpulle (London) on the topic of caste in Jaffna and its effect on politics and culture in Sri Lanka

When I first lived and studied in Jaffna in late 1973, there were elderly women who went around the villages, streets and markets with no upper covering over their breasts. I had come from a UK where young women occasionally went bare-breasted as an extreme commitment to feminism. This was different.. yet somehow also the same…these women appeared to have no embarrassment nor shame about their nakedness..their sagging breasts were blatantly exposed to all..I wondered whether Gloria Steinem might even have approved? But also I instinctively felt that Simone de Beauvoir would have immediately recognised an abuse…..of birth, of poverty, of gender which those women had internalised to the point where it didn’t matter to them anymore.

But when they were young? Imagine the society in which these sixty year old women had entered puberty and grown to adulthood in the 1930’s….where their nudity was demanded by upper caste men and (presumably) the wives, sisters and daughters of upper caste men: possibly these upper caste women felt relief that they were excused this dishonouring custom by the Victorian prudery adopted by the English educated class of which they were part. Continue reading

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