The epic US $16.4 million Disney movie ‘Monkey Kingdom’ filmed in Polonnaruwa made its debut launch on Thursday at Excel Cinema and is now being screened across the country by EAP Films.  The American nature documentary film is directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill and narrated by Tina Fey. The documentary is about a family of monkeys living in ancient ruins founded in the jungles of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka.

This is the eighth True Adventure film and the sixth released theatrically by Disney nature, the independent film label of Walt Disney Studio. The last such documentary fetched $35 million in ticket sales. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Tourism Spring boarding on the US success said is planning to stage a special screening of French version of this movie “AuRoyaume des Singes” for travel trade professionals in Paris, France during November.

Sri Lanka Tourism will join hands with Sri Lankan Airlines to organize the private screening of “AuRoyaume des Singes” at Gaumont Champs Elysees Marignan with the participation of over 6000 travel trade professionals.

During the special preview, SL Tourism will conduct educational session for the travel trade on the history and culture of the country and showcase the cultural diversity through traditional dance performances and culinary delights. This initiative will be backed by a comprehensive promotional campaign on web sites, on cinemas, outdoor advertising and community involvement projects to create high level of awareness about the history and culture of Sri Lanka among the target French travelers with the hype created by the film said Miss Sarangi Thilakasena, Market Head for France at the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau.