The Sri Lankan Cinema industry, which traditionally screened movies in English, Sinhala, Tamil, and Hindi, is about to welcome a new addition, much to the delight of local anime fans.
Through an agreement with Odex Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based distributor, Scope by Liberty Cinema hopes to diversify its portfolio by catering to the growing anime community in Sri Lanka. According to Chief Executive Riyaz Hashdeem, Scope will begin screening Japanese anime films soon.
Riyaz also noted that Scope is keen on acquiring movies of other languages but cannot do so due to the current situation in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, they hope to obtain movies from several different languages in the future.
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