Deepa Mehta at screening and panel discussion in Colombo

The High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and Embassy to Maldives, in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sri Lanka, and the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, is pleased to present a special screening of ‘Anatomy of Violence’ and panel discussion with academy award nominated Director Deepa Mehta.

The event will take place at the Cinema Hall of the BMICH January 9, 2018 from 3:30 -7:00 pm.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on ending gender-based violence with Deepa Meetha, Dr. Neelam Chowdhry, Mr. Senel Wanniarachchi – Hashtag Generation, and Ms. Ambika Satkunanathan.  The panel will be moderated by Ms. Jayanthi Kuru-Uthumpala.

The screening and discussion seek to build on the momentum of recent activities undertaken across Sri Lanka for 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence and to continue discussion on these important issues throughout the course of 2018.

This initiative is also aligned with Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy which seeks to reduce extreme poverty and build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. The policy recognizes that promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls is the most effective approach to achieving this goal. In furthering this policy, Canada continues to partner with UNFPA as the lead UN agency in ending all forms of violence against women and girls in Sri Lanka.

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and been sold and distributed around the globe. Her films include the Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water, the final film of which received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film, Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel.  Her work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless and provocative. It’s this spirit that saturated her latest work, Anatomy of Violence. Amongst her many honours, she has just received her star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinema at the Reykjavík International Film Festival.

Entrance to the screening of Anatomy of Violence is free, but advance reservation is a must as limited seats are available. Those interested can register here: