SAMPUR

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has documented and litigated on land issues and the rights of affected communities for over a decade with specific focus on issues related to the war and post war context. One specific case where CPA has been active is the displacement of over 12,000 individuals in 2006 from Sampur, highlighting issues around displacement and the need for upholding the rights of the affected communities. As a result CPA has litigated and supported communities in their advocacy to reclaim their rights and return home, issuing several reports and statements over the years. On 9th March 2015, CPA welcomed the Government’s efforts to return land to the legal owners on 25th March 2016, lands were returned to legal owners, facilitating displaced communities to return to their homes in the area.

In its most recent initiative, CPA commissioned Kannan Arunasalam to direct a documentary on Sampur and to visually capture the narratives of the communities who have returned and continuing to return to their homes.

Maheswari: From ‘SAMPUR’

“We were meant to be in this hut for only three months. It’s now been four…five years. Look at this hut. It’s falling apart.”

“We’re always thinking about when we will return. When we’ll be back on our land.”

By Maheswari, featured in ‘SAMPUR‘. Full documentary will be released on 6th April.

Maheswari: From 'SAMPUR' documentary

We're always thinking about when we will return. When we'll be back on our land.From 'SAMPUR'. Full documentary will be released on 6th April and available at www.tjsrilanka.org. For details, click http://www.cpalanka.org/sampur-documentary-trailer/

Posted by Groundviews on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kanakamma: From ‘SAMPUR’

“Sampur is our home. This is where are parents grew up. We also grew up here. Sampur belongs to us.”

“We are so happy to get our land back. That’s why this is our first pongal.”

By Kanakamma, featured in ‘SAMPUR‘. Full documentary will be released on 6th April.

Kanakamma

"Sampur is our home. This is where are parents grew up. We also grew up here. Sampur belongs to us."From 'SAMPUR'. Full documentary will be released on 6th April and available at www.tjsrilanka.org. For details, click http://www.cpalanka.org/sampur-documentary-trailer/

Posted by Groundviews on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SAMPUR: Documentary trailer

Thousands of individuals from across Sri Lanka have been displaced for years, some multiple times.

For over a decade, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has documented issues related to displacement and returns, advocating reform and litigating on unjust and arbitrary practices. Two cases CPA has followed closely for years, supporting litigation and advocating land releases and durable solutions include the areas in the Jaffna district and in Sampur, Trincomalee district. With the promise of reparations and reform by the present government, some progress has been made in both these areas -some land -owners being able to return home after years of displacement. In its most recent initiative, CPA has commissioned a documentary titled ‘SAMPUR’, capturing the continuing struggles with displacement, challenges awaiting return to ones home and the hope of a new future.

Shot and produced by the award-winning documentary filmmaker and visual journalist Kannan Arunasalam, the documentary will be launched on 6 April 2016 and will be available on www.tjsrilanka.org.

The trailer is available on Facebook and also on Vimeo. It can be also seen below.

SAMPUR: Trailer

Thousands of individuals from across Sri Lanka have been displaced for years, some multiple times. For over a decade, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (the institutional home of Groundviews) has documented issues related to displacement and returns, advocating reform and litigating on unjust and arbitrary practices. Two cases CPA has followed closely for years, supporting litigation and advocating land releases and durable solutions include the areas in the Jaffna district and in Sampur, Trincomalee district. With the promise of reparations and reform by the present government, some progress has been made in both these areas -some land -owners being able to return home after years of displacement. In its most recent initiative, CPA has commissioned a documentary titled ‘SAMPUR’, capturing the continuing struggles with displacement, challenges awaiting return to ones home and the hope of a new future. Shot and produced by the award-winning documentary filmmaker and visual journalist Kannan Arunasalam, the documentary will be launched on 6 April 2016.

Posted by Groundviews on Monday, March 28, 2016