April 05 declared National Cinema Day

Sri Lanka movie artists with Sajith Premadasa

Sri Lanka commemorated its National Cinema Day on Friday after the government designated April 5 as the day in tribute to late veteran film director Lester James Peries, the government information department said.

According to Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Sajith Premadasa, the government had issued a special notification stating that April 5 would now be celebrated as the National Cinema Day to remember the work of Peries.

The National Film Corporation will show films directed by Peries over the next few days.

International award-winning director and film producer, Peries was considered the father of Sri Lankan cinema, having made award-winning movies, short films, and documentaries.