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The film revolves around three narratives which unfold simultaneously. Three different groups of people face different experiences due to circumstances beyond their control.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2003 00:29 IST
PTI

Director: Prasanna Vithanage
Cast: Peter D' Almeida, Nimmi Harasgama, Namal Jayasinghe, Mohamed Rahfiulla
35mm/color/108 mins

The film revolves around three narratives which unfold simultaneously. During two scorching days in August, three different groups of people face different experiences due to circumstances beyond their control.

These are ordinary people thrown into the heat of war. The experiences they encounter may not be directly related to the conflict. These events, like the weather, govern their lives.

Yet they have to continue beyond these encounters to exist in a society that is traumatized and disturbed by nearly twenty years of civil war between the majority Sinhala government forces and the rebel movement from the minority Tamil community who are fighting for autonomy and self-determination.

An eleven year old Muslim boy, Arfath, is struggling to keep his companion and friend, a dog, while the family is forced out of their home by the rebels. Chamari, a young women is looking for her husband who is a soldier missing in action. A young soldier Duminda walks into a brothel to find his sister among the working girls.

The main action of the film takes place in Sri Lanka’s northern territories, parts of which are controlled by the Tamil rebels who have created a de-facto separate state. These stories are about people who are struggling to hold on to their hopes and dreams while being swept up by the torrents of war. The film is about their quest for life.

Credits
Production: Soma Edirisinghe, EAP Films.
Script: Priyath Liyanage
Cinematography:MD Mahindapala
Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad

Director's bio note
Born in 1962, Prasanna Vithanage became involved in theatre on leaving school.

He translated and directedBernardShaw’s Arms and the Man in 1986, and Dario Fo’s Raspberries and Trumpets in 1991. In 1992, he directed his first film Sisila Gini Gani (Ice on Fire). It won nine OCIC (Sri Lanka) Awards including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Four years later in 1996 was his second feature Anantha Rathriya (Dark Night of the Soul) which he wrote and directed.

First Published: Oct 11, 2003 00:29 IST