The NCEASL together with MinorMatters were awarded 2nd Runner Up at the 2021 Religious Freedom Film Competition sponsored by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation (RFBF) and Empower Women Media (EWM).
The animated short film titled ‘Switch On’, exposes the ramifications of restrictions on religious expression in the workplace and capitalizes on the social constructs of the all-too-familiar Zoom meetings. The team behind this short film is two of the youngest members of our organisation comprising Navindu Mendis and Shenal Jesudian, who produced this short film amidst COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.
Sri Lanka was amongst the finalists hailing from Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, France, Japan, Iraq, Egypt, and the U.S.
Along with the other winning films, ‘Switch On’ will be celebrated and screened during a global awards ceremony at Dare to Overcome, hosted by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s biannual Business & Peace Festival in Tokyo. It will be held on the 22nd of August as a virtual event. This global event coincides with the International Day Commemorating Victims of Religious Violence and Hatred and will be hosted by keynote speakers Dr Brian Grim and Dr Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB).
Watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXdFdO5G_AA