Sunday, February 22, 2009
SRI LANKAN film week
AWAITING A TRAIN
(Director: Upali Gamlath, 12min.)
The war between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers not only displaces people but also tears children from their parents.
DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
(Director: Prasanna Vithanage, 75min.)
After 20 years, a man is confronted with the woman he left behind after making her pregnant. She is now in the dock facing a murder charge and he is in the jury and must decide her fate. Cinematic time and space is used to speak of the human condition in a minimal and restrained manner.
(Director: Sunil Ariyaratne, 123min.)
A young nun comes upon an insurgent who has assassinated a university student but has been wounded in the process. The police hunt for the insurgent. The nun is in a dilemma. Should she heal him back to life or allow him to die? Or surrender him to the police?
TALK on SRI LANKAN CINEMA (TBA)
IN SEARCH OF A ROAD
(Director: Dharmasena Pathiraja, 82min.)
A railway line between Colombo and Jaffna; the war between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers; mobility; place; displacement. A road movie becomes a documentary. Home and state become the land of the unknown, a no-man’s land. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, the film takes us on a 100-year journey through history and memory, into the future.
(Director: Prasanna Vithanage, 108min.)
A woman in search of a missing husband; a man who helps her to trace the whereabouts of her husband; a Muslim family in search of a place to call home in a war-torn country; a little boy who has to leave a dog behind; a youth in search of his wayward sister. Whose dilemma is greater?
FACT FilmScreening Club