Film Forum

Film Forum October 2022 © Goethe-Institut

Wednesday, 05.10.2022 at 06:00 PM

'Andaja' directed by Tharindu Ramanayaka

The Film Forum curated by Anomaa Rajakaruna is a monthly pre-view format for film makers and industry professionals to view unreleased, new Sri Lankan feature and short films together. The screenings are followed by an open discussion with the film makers and other professionals moderated by Anomaa Rajakaruna.


After the civil war in Sri Lanka, an ex Sinhalese soldier returns home with a Tamil guerrilla woman who was gang raped by him and his mates. The traumatized girl finds different ways to take revenge but things get brutal when she gets pregnant.

Director Statement
"The film is based in rural Sri Lanka with the recently finished ethnic war in the backdrop which had started in the early 80s. The Tamil people who were the minority experienced suppression by the Singhalese. In 2009, the war ended after around 25 years, causing huge casualties to both the communities and major destruction of the country’s environment and well being. In 71, Sri Lanka saw the JVP insurrection. In 83, the ethnic war kicked off between the Tamils and the Sinhalese people. In 87-89, there was a second JVP insurrection. In 2004, Tsunami lashed the shores of the eastern coastline, causing massive destruction of lives and property. Quite recently, an explosion rocked a Catholic church on Easter morning claiming the lives of around 300 people.

The people live in uncertainty. They don’t know when it would be their turn to go. Their lives are comparable to those of chickens, who only live till they are chopped down for food.Such continuous acts of disaster, man-made or natural, had broken the people and had traumatized them for life. Their
moral beliefs have changed. Continued exposure to violence had turned them violent.This change in mindset has affected the society at large. This story is a depiction of how that violence creeps into the family and destroys it bit by bit, devastating it’s members and their relationsRajhips with each other."

Director - Tharindu Ramanayaka
Executive Producer - Kartik Vijayvargiya
DOP- Sasmit Bagchi
Editor- Siddhart Raj
Sounds - Abhilash KG

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