On June 30th, in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of Peru in Sri Lanka and the Alliance Française of Kandy proudly inaugurated a photography exhibition featuring the renowned Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca and Palpa, one of the most well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Peru. On the same date, the First Peruvian Film Festival in Sri Lanka commenced, presenting six captivating films from July 1st to July 8th. The inaugural ceremony was graced by the presence of the Ambassador of Peru to Sri Lanka, Mr. Javier Paulinich, Mr. Satya Rodrigo, Director General of the Latin America and Caribbean Division of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Aﬀairs, Mr. Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, former Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province, Mr. Sabry Abuthahir, President of the Executive Committee of the Alliance Française of Kandy, and Mr. Romani de Silva, Honorary Consul of Peru in Sri Lanka.
“The Nazca Lines have left an indelible mark on world culture, stirring the curiosity and imagination of archaeologists, historians, and art enthusiasts alike. These magnificent ancient works, depicting various geometric shapes, animals, and stylized figures, are believed to have been created between 500 BCE and 500 CE. Among the countless individuals who have dedicated themselves to understanding and preserving the Nazca Lines, Maria Reiche stands as a luminary figure. This German-Peruvian mathematician devoted her life to studying and safeguarding these enigmatic lines, unraveling their mysteries and ensuring their conservation for future generations.”, said Ambassador Paulinich.
Following the inauguration, the film festival kicked oﬀ with the screening of the movie “Don’t Call Me Spinster,” directed by Ana María Alva Helfer. Throughout the week, the festival will also feature films such as “Deliciosa Fruta Seca” by Ana Caridad Sánchez, “Margarita” by Frank Pérez-Garland, and “Las Mejores Familias” by Javier Fuentes León. Additionally, documentary films “Peru’s City of Ghosts” and “Cities in the Clouds,” produced by Paul M. M. Cooper, will be showcased.
The Peruvian Photography Exhibition and Film Festival provide a unique opportunity for Sri Lankan audiences to immerse themselves in the vibrant cultural heritage of Peru. It celebrates the strong cultural ties between our two nations and showcases the rich diversity of Peruvian art and cinema.
Highlights from the Exhibition
Dignitaries and the gathering at the Peruvian Photography and Film Festival. Mr. Tikiri Kobbekaduwa – former Governor of the Sabaragamuwa Province also graced the event
From left to right – Mr. Javier Paulinich – The Ambassador of Peru to Sri Lanka, Mr. Satya Rodrigo – Director General of the Latin America and Caribbean Division of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Aﬀairs, Mr. Fabio Subia Diaz, Head of Consular & Cultural Section, Embassy of Peru, New Delhi
Mr. Javier Paulinich – The Ambassador of Peru to Sri Lanka, presenting a gift from Peru to Mr. Sabry Abuthahir, President of the Executive Committee, Alliance Francaise de Kandy
Image Caption : Mr. Javier Paulinich – The Ambassador of Peru to Sri Lanka, ceremoniously opening the Peruvian Photography and Film Festival, held in Kandy, on the 30th June 2023