Author Topic: Award-Winning, Sri Siddhartha Gautama Debuts in Guangzhou, China  (Read 3867 times)


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This is jolly good news and sign.  China has becoming liberal and is encouraging the growth of Buddhism in the nation.  We can surely expect to see Buddhism flourish in China once again.

The award-winning film, "Sri Siddhartha Gautama", shot on location in Sri Lanka, featuring well-known Sri Lankan actors and directed by Sri Lankan Director, Saman Weeraman and produced by Navin Gooneratne, had its debut screening in China, at the Grand Buddha Monastery in Guangzhou on December18. The film played to a capacity audience of approximately 1,000 that included Heads of Buddhist temples throughout Guangdong Province, government officials, diplomats and the public.

The film, inspired by the spiritual odyssey of The Buddha has won international awards at the Delhi International Film Festival in India and the United Nations Buddhist Film Festival in Vietnam and broken box office records in Sri Lanka.

Reviews from the Chinese audience were highly positive and it is likely that the film will return to China in the near future, to be seen by an even larger audience. Audience members were delighted to have the opportunity to interact with the producer of the film, Navin Gooneratne and the lead actor, Gagan Malik, who were present at the screening.

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Re: Award-Winning, Sri Siddhartha Gautama Debuts in Guangzhou, China
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2015, 02:09:50 PM »
This is wonderful news. Movies depicting the life story of Lord Buddha Gautama or Buddha Shakyamuni are rare and hard to come by. This is good news that the Chinese government has shown enormous support in Buddhism and hope there will be more effort and sponsors to support the learning and study of Buddhism in China in the near future as well. Especially to build more monasteries or improve current ones and make learning and the spread of Buddhism easier, increase the sangha community and make available teachings in different languages.