OORANA OOR(MY COUNTRY) - New Documentary to screen at the ReelWorld Film Festival 2012

Canadian Documentary Premieres at ReelWorld Film Festival 2012 April 12, 2012, 4 pm. Famous Players, 2190 Yonge Street, Toronto

March 21, 2012 - Toronto, ON – Award winning filmmaker Lalita Krishna’s latest documentary tackles the Tamil Canadian issue. Set against the backdrop of recent boats with hundreds of asylum seekers who have landed on Canadian shores, Krishna poses the question: Why would anyone risk their life and embark on a perilous journey to an unknown destination?

Baskaran took an unmarked boat from Sri Lanka, and landed in Newfoundland 25 years ago. What he remembers is not the journey itself but the sense of security and freedom he felt on landing in Canada. 25 years later he fulfills a lifelong ambition to go to New Foundland to thank the fisherman who saved his life.

Fearing for her children’s safety Ranjana, left her village with her 8 month baby, her 5 year old daughter, her husband and mother and walked 12 miles through forests and shrubs. Like Baskaran, Ranjana is grateful for the new life she has been able to build, but memories of horrific horrific escape comes flooding back, as more migrant ships arrive on Canadian shores.

“Not By Our Tears” is a play written by Tamil scholar and poet, Cheran. The play traces the history and marginalization of Tamils in Sri Lanka after independence. All the actors in the play have come to Canada as refugees or as children of refugees.

Skillfully interweaving personal stories, with historical background, “My Country” digs into the root of the conflict in Sri Lanka and the human cost of civil war.

‘My Country’ is produced in English and in Tamil and is scheduled to be broadcast on OMNI TV in the summer of 2012.

About OMNI Television

OMNI™ is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural television system committed to positive portrayal and broadcast reflection of Canada’s diversity through the airing of

inclusive and accessible programming. With five television stations -- in BC; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2). OMNI Television is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information visit www.OMNItv.ca

About Third Element Productions

Third Element Productions was established by Toronto-based producer-director Lalita Krishna Ms. Krishna is internationally renowned for her work, including such honours as: ReelWorld Film Festival Trailblazer (2010); Winner, Editorial/Opinion Category, TV, Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) Awards for Shift Focus (2009) and Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) Gold Ribbon, Diversity in News and Information Programming category for The M Word (2008). Further information is available @ http://www.insyncvideo.ca .

Third Element Media contact:
Hillary McCarrel
416 367 0330

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