'My Daughter the Terrorist' producer receives death threat - Norwegian paper

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 April 2008, 10:57 GMT]
Morten Dae, the producer of the award winning Norwegian documentary film, "My Daughter the Terrorist," on two Tamil Black Tiger female cadres in Vanni, has received death threats after the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) failed in blocking the organisers from screening the film at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, in Durham in the United States, reported Dagsavisen, a Norwegian daily, on Thursday.

Mr. Dae has received electronic threats warning him to "take care of himself and his family," wishing him "good luck in heaven," and accusing that the producer had "blood in his hands," the paper reported.

The documentary, which won the award for best full length documentary film at the Message to Man International Film Festival in St Petersburg, in June 2007, was screened in the United States despite a protest orchestrated by the Sri Lankan mission through the Sinhalese expatriates.

Recognizing that many of those who protest have not seen the documentary film, the producer says that "the film stands for itself."

"We clearly display the result of the LTTE attacks and also focus on the ethical issues connected to it," he says. "We also look at the reasons behind these extreme actions by the guerrillas."

Morten Dae
Morten Dae [Photo courtesy: Dagsavisen]
The producers of the documentary say they had let the subjects in the documentary to speak for themselves and not taken a side. It is absurd to argue that the producers support terrorism by letting the subjects speak for themselves, the producer says. "What matters here is that we are enabling viewers to know the way of thinking of the females in the documentary."

He also observes that the balance of the coverage on Sri Lankan conflict, from the very begninning, has been grotesquely tilted. The paper added that Sri Lanka is a country with a worst record in attacking journalists.

Sri Lanka's Information Department, in a recent news report, cited Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry as saying that the producer of the documentary, Beate Arnestad, had arrived in Sri Lanka during the Cease Fire Agreement period and entered Vanni without the permission of the Foreign Ministry or any responsible "state body" for the filming of the movie.

The producers of the film admit that they didn't seek specific permission to do the documentary as it was obvious that the GoSL would not be providing clearance to do a documentary film in LTTE controlled area. However, they got clearance from the Norwegian Embassy in Oslo to make a documentary on the Tsunami catastrophy in Sri Lanka, which they also did, according to Morten Dae.


External Links:
Dagsavisen: Produsent truet på livet


Latest 15 Reports
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
06.10.19 12:21  
EPDP joins Jaffna protest against desecration of Neeraaviyadi temple
05.10.19 22:06  
Families inheriting lands from parents refused of land registration in Moothoor East
04.10.19 21:50  
SL Archaeology, Police continue to disturb Tamils’ right to worship at Vedukku-naa'ri hilltop
03.10.19 19:16  
Raghavan plans to distribute uncultivatable lands to Tamils to compensate for loss of fertile lands
02.10.19 22:28   Photo
No place for human rights in China’s white paper for future world
01.10.19 18:26  
Genocidal Sri Lanka hits back at UN, claims it passed ‘litmus test’ on human rights in 2019
30.09.19 20:49  
SL military, police, traders, exert pressure on civil authorities in Mannaar to alienate lands
29.09.19 18:19  
No to alternative lands, original lands must be released with compensation, say Tamil activists
28.09.19 13:24   Photo
SL State-owned paper refuses to publish condemnation issued by Hindu Congress
Find this article at: