True Life Stories in Lanka. Intrepid Travel penetrates the grass roots

Episode 116: Walking Sri Lanka

We spent 2 weeks traveling through Sri Lanka — by foot, moped, car and boat — and captured the animals, people, food and other things that move through this small island country every day.  Special thanks to the Intrepid Travel team.

Episode 117: Tea for Two

Our first love story from the road: We came to Sri Lanka with every intention of filming a video about an organic, fair trade tea farmer. That is exactly what we were planning when we set foot on the small tea farm of Piyasena and his wife Ariyawatha. What we didn’t expect was to be so taken with the relationship between the two of them. What started as a farm story quickly turned into a story about love and dedication amongst the Ceylon tea fields.

Episode 118: Coconut: Nose to Tail

In Sri Lanka, the coconut is, in a sense, a source of life. Not only it is the main ingredient in most Sri Lankan dishes, but the entire coconut tree — From the roots to the coconut itself to the tips of the leaves — plays a major role in the non-culinary ways of life.  Without the coconut, things in Sri Lanka would be very different. We spent the day with a family of 8 on their coconut plantation outside of Negombo, where they showed us all this fruit (nut?) has to offer.

Sri Lankan Fishermen

Episode 119: Do Not Blame the Sea

In 2004, the Tsunami that hit Sri Lanka killed 8 members of this small fishing family. And yet today, they still fish (either on stilts or in a boat) because they have to do it to survive. The family lives in a small hut with a back “window” that opens onto the ocean — the same sea that gives life also takes it away.

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NOTEReaders are encouraged to read the comments from bloggers at the end of each video episode. While clearly capturing only slivers of real life situations in Sri Lanka, the capacities revealed here surely indicate what our journalists miss. It is not only the content, but the methods utilised and the methodology  that display the shortcomings of so much journalese nowadays — not least  the type of reportage highlighted in BBC Blind.”

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