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Chandran Rutnam and Steven Spielberg
The Road From Elephant Pass... to Beverly Hills
Chandran Rutnam, the Producer/Director of the film, "Alimankada / The Road From Elephant Pass", attended the Gala Dinner held on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, honoring the renowned director, Steven Spielberg, with America's Democratic Legacy Award, presented by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Chandran was one of many invited guests at this exclusive star-studded event. Former recipients of this award include Henry Kissinger, U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Over dinner, Richard Dreyfuss, Drew Barrymore, Noa Dori, Kirk Douglas and Sid Sheinberg - former Chairman of Universal Studios, took turns at the podium to praise Spielberg for his work as a filmmaker and humanitarian.
"You have guided all of us in showing what kind of people we should be in the world through your filmmaking." said Drew Barrymore, who starred in Spielberg's "E.T."
Steven Spielberg and Chandran Rutnam
in Beverly Hills, CA Dec 2009
Chandran's friendship with Steven Spielberg goes back twenty-five years when "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" was filmed in Sri Lanka. Spielberg, who requested a personal viewing of Chandran's new film ALIMANKADA, will pay a private visit to Sri Lanka next month as Chandran's guest.
In his remarks, Spielberg reminded people to pay attention, which he said could be a difficult task, "in this new and wildly expanding digital universe," where multi-tasking is the rule. "We email, we hyperlink, we blog, and yet, xenophobia exists; bigotry endures, racism endures, anti-semitism endures," he said. "They endure in societies and cultures all around the world, and they have found a new frightening home in cyber-space."
Spielberg called bigotry an acquired condition that can be eradicated only through education, experience and, mindfulness, and accepted ADL's highest honor, "in mutual recognition of our ambitions to dedicate ourselves to the defense of human dignity, human rights and human life - all human life."
Invited to sing the National Anthem of the United States was America's hottest star of American Idol fame, Adam Lambert.
Chandran's friendship with Steven Spielberg
goes back twenty-five years when
"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"
was filmed in Sri Lanka.
Director Steven Spielberg and Production
Supervisor Chandran Rutnam on location
in Sri Lanka during the filming of Indiana
Jones and The Temple of Doom.
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