‘Kerosene’ (16 mins) in competition at South Asian International Documentary Festival 2013, Seattle, USA
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Invited to share some of my work at this event in London organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, International Alert and Voices for Reconciliation; chaired by George Alagiah and speaking alongside the writer Roshi Fernando and playwright Prassanna Puwanarajah.
Short documentary film (16 mins) in competition at annual Aljazeera film festival in Doha, April 2012.
Time Out previews a festival of documentaries from South Asia, Nandini Ramnath, February 17, 2012: “The new batch has two standout films. The first, Kerosene, is a curio about the Sri Lankan civil war, which ended in March 2009 … The crisp images, precisely composed shots and desaturated colour palette conjure up a city caught in a time warp … Resilience is expressed through tinkering. Mechanics and drivers run cars on kerosene. Editors print the news on whatever is available in the market, including school notebook paper and cardboard. … Despondency and the prospect of eventual defeat hang over the determination of the Tamilians to tinker away in the face of hostility and hatred.”
In the 1990s, the Sri Lankan government’s embargoes on fuel, medicines and food items in the north and east of Sri Lanka in an effort to frustrate the operations of the Tamil Tigers reached their peak. In the face of dearth and hardship, the locals resorted to increasingly inventive ways of making do. ‘Kerosene’ is a short video portrait of resilience, expression and survival, capturing the stories of Jaffna’s taxi drivers and mechanics. ‘Kerosene’ was commissioned by http://groundviews.org. The film has been screened at international film festivals and is part of the selection for Travelling Film South Asia 2012, travelling all over South Asia and the world during 2012.
Film Southasia has selected 12 exceptional nonfiction productions of the last two years to create the Travelling Film Southasia 2012 (TFSA ’12) package. The films have been selected from the 36 documentaries screened in the competitive section of Film Southasia 2011, held in Kathmandu. This mobile campaign to promote and popularise Southasian documentaries stops at more than 50 international venues between the regular parent FSA festivals that are held every two years in Kathmandu. The films selected for TFSA showcase the best of Southasian non-fiction film-making, giving audiences an opportunity to sample an exciting range of topics and themes, presentation styles and techniques. Source: Film South Asia website
A Sinhalese doctor from Birmingham returns to Sri Lanka to help amputees at the Mannar hospital. Part of the Longing and Belonging series looking at the diaspora returning to Sri Lanka. This video was commissioned by International Alert as part of their work on engaging returning diaspora and first appeared on Groundviews. Please read the accompanying article.
The embargoes on fuel and food also restricted newsprint reaching the north and east of Sri Lanka. ‘Paper’ is a video portrait of resilience and freedom of expression, and how one newspaper found creative ways to get the news to the locals. The film was commissioned by http://groundviews.org. The film has been screened at international film festivals and is part of the selection for Travelling Film South Asia 2012, travelling all over South Asia and the world during 2012, as well as broadcast on Al Jazeera English during February 2012.
During the 1980s, a team of doctors led by Dr Sivarajah discovered an increasing number of cases of leprosy in the village of Kartupolam in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka. This video portrait tells the story of how community medicine and “koothu”, a kind of traditional street theatre, helped the community overcome ignorance and isolation.