youth & the new media revolution

I wanted to write about this some time back, but never had time to do so. Today I thought I will somehow write something coz it’s happening tomorrow!

Basically FPA Sri Lanka is organizing a forum on new media and youth tomorrow (26th) at the Kannangara Lecture hall 2 of the University of Peradeniya. This forum was supposed to be moderated by Sanjana Haththotuwa, but unfortunately he is unable to come as of last minute urgent work. So basically Dhanushka Gunathilake has agreed to moderate the session.

A little background about Dhanushka: he is a freelance consultant who provided technical guidance and support in the planning and implementation of the innovation fund project 2009 at FPASL. He has been trained in cinematography and direction from reputed institutions such as Sri Lanka Television Training Institute (SLTTI) and Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Some of the major projects that he has cinematographed are educational fictional films for Maharashtra Knowledge Company Limited (MKCL); Save the Children film against child labour ‘Glass Wear’; AIDS awareness for BBC and DD; an episode of ‘The Amazing Race’ for AXN channel and 20 AD films. His film ‘Year Planner’ won the best film Critic award at WLC film festival in 2008. He contributes as a Director to Biroba Films Pvt Ltd in India and serves as a consultant to Editing Table- Colombo and is a visiting faculty to the Indira School of Communication – Pune in India.The rest of the panelist include; Sudath Mahadivulwewa, Indi Samarajiva, Sanjeevan Jeevarathnam (new Sri Lanka), and Shehan Baranage.

Sudath will talk about “Film making/advertising in the age of new media” while Indi will be touching on with emphasis on Kottu, what he observed when he started and what he observes now and the use of blogs, Facebook and twitter in particular to build awareness and to create a social movement. Sanjeevan would be speaking about IT in business. Young people are driving the market because of their handle on new media and Shehan (news editor of Derana) will touch onNews and new mediathe Ada Derana example of SMS breaking news alerts and breaking news website – 24 hours news industry.

There will also be a small graduation ceremony for the participants (twenty two of them) of the Innovation Fund Project who were trained on Film Making (a twenty-five day programme) and also underwent a comprehensive sexual reproductive health programme. These participants were selected from a MO film competition held last year conducted by FPASL where there were over 120 MO film entries. Thirty five of them were selected and invited for the training programme and eventually only twenty-two were left with us at the end of the programme.

A video montage of the MO films produced by them will also be presented at the forum as a cases study of using such tools for change.

This event is open to public and FPASL would welcome everyone interested in using ICT tools for different needs ranging from social activism to political propaganda; from marketing to social networking and from Sri Lanka to the other part of the world!

For more information please feel free to contact Appekka on 0776565166 or email on or call me (Nooranie) on 0773413985/ 0713813985 or email me on or just turn up at the event.


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