Silenced Voices - Tales of Sri Lankan Journalists in Exile
dinsdag 27 maart 2012 - 15:15
Q&A with activist Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge and director Beate Arnestad, led by Sebastiaan Gottlieb.
Sonali Samarasinghe Wickrematunge is the widow of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge. He was gunned down by eight men in broad daylight. Newly wed and freshly widowed, his wife Sonali Samarasinghe had to arrange her bridegroom’s funeral only a few days after the wedding. As a lawyer and journalist, his wife worked closely with him; the government forced her to leave the country not long after his death. Since that time, Samarasinghe has been fighting for justice from her base in New York.
Beate Arnestad spent years working in various jobs for the NRK Norwegian broadcasting company. Her first documentary was Where the Waves Sing (2002). During her stay in Sri Lanka between 2003 and 2006, she started researching the concept of women in war. Her previous documentaries include My Daughter the Terrorist and Telling Truths in Arusha.
Sebastiaan Gottlieb is a conflict mediator, legal advisor and former editor for the VARA and NOS broadcasting companies.