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Sri Lanka bans Flying Fish film with “over-sexed” soldiers

July 18, 2013

Banned in Sri Lanka. - commons.wikimedia pic, July 18, 2013.Banned in Sri Lanka. - commons.wikimedia pic, July 18, 2013.A Sri Lankan film, Flying Fish, set against the backdrop of the country's brutal civil war has been banned by the ruling government.

The 2001 film is said to portray bad behaviour by both soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels, reported the BBC.

Its director Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, in a statement issued from South Korea, where he is based, denied discrediting the military and said he sought to depict reality "in a humane and artistic way".

His film was based on his own experiences growing up in Sri Lanka's war zone, he explained.

The film was banned on Friday after being shown at a festival promoted by the French embassy in Colombo.

A government spokesman said the film was "illegal" and used images of the army uniform without permission.

Police are now holding what they call a "fact-finding investigation" into the film and some of its production staff have been questioned.

The distribution and screening of the film had been stopped in Sri Lanka, government security spokesman Lakshman Hulugalle, confirmed on Monday.

Sri Lanka's official censoring body had allowed the private screening of Flying Fish.

But an official from the government-owned venue walked out of the showing and denounced the film, saying it portrayed soldiers as over-sexed and also degraded women.

The festival was closed down as well. The French embassy regretted the "unfortunate incident". – July 18, 2013.

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