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Rohan Fernando

Rohan Fernando – Writer, Director, Producer
Born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1972, Rohan Fernando moved with his family first to Switzerland and then to Halifax, Canada. He drew on his own story for his documentary debut, Cecil’s Journey. The film was the first documentary to be selected as best short film at the Atlantic Film Festival, and has been broadcast nationally a number of times. In 2003 it was honoured with a Gemini nomination for best documentary.

Fernando followed up the film with the 2005 release Trudeau's Other Children, about Pierre Trudeau's early travels and how they informed his later embrace of multiculturalism as official Canadian policy. In 2006, he completed the feature documentary Blood and Water, about a man coping with the loss of his entire family to the 2004 tsunami.

Though he has been working in documentary for much of the last decade, Snow is not Fernando's first foray into fiction. He wrote and directed a television pilot called Shelter (for CTV), based on his own graphic novel of the same name. It received the award for best cinematography  at the 1999 Atlantic Film Festival. In 2001, he released the feature drama Fade to Black, which he wrote, directed, produced and in which he also starred. It was an official selection at the Atlantic Film Festival and aired nationally on the Independent Film Channel as well as Showcase.

Between 2003 and 2005, Fernando directed 17 episodes for the first three seasons of the highly rated TV series, Past Lives, produced by BBR Productions for Global Television.

He is currently in post-production on a film about a cacao farmer in Belize who manually works his plantation in the same spirit his Maya ancestors did – as a steward of the land. 

Watch the trailer for Rohan Fernando's film, Snow

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