Chicken Run

Saturday, March 5
Year: 2000
Running time: 84 minutes
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 3:30 p.m.

Million Dollar Baby

Tuesday, March 1
Year: 2005
Running time: 132 minutes
Main actors: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood
Synopsis: “I Don’t Train Girls”, trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something is different about the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn’s gym. All she wants is a fighting chance. Clint Eastwood plays Dunn and directs, produces and composes music for this acclaimed, multi-award-winning tale of heart, hope and family. Hilary Swank plays resilient Maggie, determined not to abandon her one dream. And Morgan Freeman is Scrap, gym caretaker and counterpoint to Dunn’s crustiness. Grab your dreams and come out swinging.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.

Women Sharing Life

Photographic exhibition of earthen pots and jars in Sri Lanka and Sudan

From March 4 to 25
Women Sharing Life, an exhibition of photographs by the French Diplomat and amateur photographer, Christine Robichon and Sri Lankan film-maker and photographer Anoma Rajakaruna will be launched coinciding with the International Women’s Day on March 8 and the International Day on Water on March 22.
The two women photographers present their vision of water, water bearers and water containers in two continents.
Photographers’ statements: In Sudan, a sabeel (Arabic word which means ‘way’ and also ‘public fountain’) is an installation created and maintained by a private person to put free drinking water for the benefit of passers-by and travelers. It is a fountain, but water is not flowing.
The Muslim people who take the initiative to build a sabeel, do it, sometimes, for religious purpose, seeing in it a way, recommended by prophet Muhammad, to facilitate the access to heaven for themselves or for a person dear to them, but their motivation is also solidarity and the will to partake, in a very hot and dry climate, the resource of water, which is scarce and vital.
The central element of a sabeel is the terracotta jar, regularly refilled with water, where everybody can draw water to quench their thirst. The forms and the techniques of making the jars vary according to the regions.
A sabeel consist of one, two, three or a full set of jars, of the same or different form, kept on the ground or on stands made of wood, metal or brickwork. Lots of efforts are made to keep away the heat from the jars and their precious content. The jars are placed in well ventilated places, under the shade of a tree, sometimes fixed between the branches or protected from the sun by small covers. They can also be wrapped in pieces of cloth.
When a family decides to build a sabeel, the choice of the jars belongs to women.
The jars live, breathe, perspire, allow grass and plants to germinate at their feet. In time, the jars acquire a patina and are covered with silt and mosses.
The other elements of a sabeel are the cups, often tins, to draw water. Sometime, lids prevent sand, dust and insects to enter into the jars.
In Sudan, the water jars, which were in use more for than 5000 years, are part of the landscape in towns and villages, but the rich travelers, who go aboard air-conditioned 4 wheel drive vehicles, do not pay attention to them.
As I admired the efforts made by thousands of people to give water to poorer and to keep the water cool, I was charmed by the simple beauty of the sabeels and as I fear that they will disappear, in the cities, in a few decades, I felt like taking pictures of the ones I saw while I was travelling. Later, I thought that I could make use of my pictures to make the people of other countries aware of the Sudanese sabeels and through them, show how drinking water in the world is rare.
In everyday life we see women as water bearers.
Women mold clay carefully into pots.
They walk miles fetching water each day.
But what interests me as a photographer is how they share life.
In a society, where women are told not to speak out or not to laugh aloud they share a smile or a tear, near a well or on a river bank and sometimes around an urban public tap.They share life bathing, washing, and carrying water.
Water is life.Women share life.
It’s time to celebrate “Women sharing life…”
Venue: Alliance Française de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5


SLIS food distribution programme

The Sri Lanka Islamic Society (SLIS) distributed food items to elders at the Gamini Matha Elders’ Home, Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2, to mark the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday recently. The Sri Lanka Islamic Society is a development and social service organisation. They are conducting many projects such as seminars, lectures, shramadana programmes, medical camps, GCE O/L seminars, leadership programme and distribution of free exercise books and uniform materials for needy children for the past several years.


Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation promotes ‘brain sports’

 The 2011 Scrabble Bash will take place at the Dutch Burgher Union premises on Saturday, February 26 from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. for the third successive year. Scrabble enthusiasts will vie for the Winners and Runner up trophies and for a number of attractive prizes.
Scrabble is one of the many ‘thinking’ memory games promoted to stimulate brain activity in order to reduce the risk of dementia. A number of studies carried out on such ‘brain sports’ has proven that such mentally stimulating activities in early and middle adulthood are strongly connected to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease later on in life. Social aspects of such games as Scrabble can reduce loneliness and depression as well.
The Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF) is an approved charity and is a registered volunteer based community organisation. LAF is committed to improving the quality of life of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and support their family caregivers.
The foundation’s vision to build the Dementia Services and Information Centre is accomplished. The centre will be open shortly, while the foundation’s tenth anniversary also falls in this year. The facility would provide for a Day Care Centre, Secretariat, Library and Resource Centre, Memory Clinic and Training Centre.
For more information call 2583488


Sri Lankans in Paris commemorate 63rd Independence Day

On the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence, a reception organised by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Paris was hosted by Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Madame Sanja Jayatilleka for the Sri Lankan community in France.
Many Sri Lankan personalities from a diverse array of spheres who are resident in France as well as those who were visiting the country, including acclaimed film director Dr Dharmasena Pathiraja, attended the reception.
Addressing the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual gathering in Sinhala and English, with translation into Tamil, Ambassador Jayatilleka said that while Sri Lanka is proud at having emerged victoriously from thirty years of conflict it would only be able to enjoy the liberties such victory and peace bring if we as a nation realise the reasons behind the conflict and act wisely to address such issues through dialogue and on the basis of justice, equality and democracy for all.
He added that the search for sustainable peace and prosperity cannot be conducted in isolation from the world. Sri Lankans overseas have a unique opportunity to work towards the strengthening and consolidation of links between the host countries and Sri Lanka and called on Sri Lankans in Paris and across France to act together as a bridge to achieve such a goal.
Ambassador Jayatilleka also noted the destruction caused by the recent flooding in Sri Lanka and called on the Sri Lankan community to support efforts underway to provide relief to those affected and rendered homeless.
Speaking on the occasion, Head of Chancery, Ms W S Perera highlighted the reconstruction work being carried out on the railway system in the north of Sri Lanka and requested the Sri Lankans to support the initiative which would improve connectivity in the country and among its people.



Until February 28
Nine Artists, Women Artists’ Colloquium Exhibition 2010/11 organised by Theertha International Artists’ Collective and Theertha Red Dot Gallery
Artists: Inoka De Silva (Sri Lanka), Kuzana Ogg (US), Lakisha Fernando (Sri Lanka), Louise Low (Malaysia), Majella Clancy (Ireland), Manori Jayasingha (Sri Lanka), Ruchika Wason Singh (India), Saurganga Darshandhari (Nepal), Therika Miyanadeniya (Sri Lanka)
Venue: 36 A, Baddagana Road South, Pitakotte

February 28
An exhibition of paintings by Mahinda Sagara
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)

February 28
An exhibition of paintings by Dumith Kulasekara
Venue: Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)

Once Upon A Time, The Illustrations of Unwritten tales of an Unwritten History, an exhibition of paintings by Alex Stewart
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)

Health camp

March 12 and 13
A free health camp organised by the JICA Alumni Association of Sri Lanka
Distribution of over 1,000 pairs of spectacles after examination of those who referred to obtain spectacles by eye specialists. Cataract operations and blood sugar tests are also some of the services offered.
Venue: Siripura Maha Vidyalaya, Dehiattakandiya, Polonnaruwa

Public talk

Can The Fragmented Mind Be Whole? Organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


Monday, February 28
Perfect Mental Health: A Contemplative Neuro – scientific Exposition of Body, Mind and Consciousness’ presented by Dr. Wasantha Gunathunga of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo organised by the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) as a part of their monthly lecture series
The lecture is open to the public.
Venue: Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium of the Mahaweli Centre, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.