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Two women from a farming village about 100 kilometers from the country’s capital were raped within one year by a court judge presiding over cases which involved their husbands as accused parties. They have gone to Judiciary Services Commission, the BAR Association and to the president of the country to seek justice. Those institutions and people were non-responsive to their complaints. Angered husbands of two women swear revenge but their efforts to avenge the judge are futile. An editor of a leading alternative newspaper publishes the story of one of the women. He continues to follow up the incident and publish a series of articles exposing the judge’s misdeed. Still, the Attorney General refuses to take action in reprimanding the judge. The newspaper editor pursues the truth with mounting peer pressure, three years after the incidents, the Judiciary Services Commission appoints a tribunal consisting three high court judges to investigate the accusations made by the newspaper. The tribunal finds the judge to be guilty of all charges. Yet, instead of dismissing the judge from his duties, the Judiciary Service Commission sends him on compulsory leave with pay. The two women’s family lives have been destroyed. After failing to gain justice, the newspaper editor focuses his struggles against the Attorney General who covered up the case. When the Attorney General is up for appointment as the Chief Justice of the country, the newspaper editor writes a book about the system’s failure to deliver justice to commoners based on these women’s’ stories. Nevertheless, 14 years later, today, the editor and the two women are still waiting for justice to be served. In year 2014, a filmmaker embarks on a journey to unearth these events and searches for the root causes of this ongoing injustice.

Director's Statement

When I read the book Unfinished Struggle by journalist Victor Ivan, the story about two women who were denied justice made me think about my existence as a passive bystander in the same system that failed to deliver justice. As a result I visited the village where those two women still live. It reminded me of a rural area and its villagers in the novel Village in the Jungle written by Leonard Woolf 100 years ago. Those villagers were also victims of their socio-economic background, at the mercy of climate changes and were confounded by the court and justice system during British colonial times. Since that novel, we have gained independence and become a republic. Yet, even at the start of the 21st century, rural villagers’ lives and fates remain the same. Reformist measures have been undertaken, but looking at the bottom line, the lives of most of the peasantry has hardly changed. This was a revelation for me and now I am ready to search beneath the surface for the root causes of that injustice.

Director

Prasanna Vithanage directed his first film, Ice of Fire, in 1992. His second feature, Dark Night of the Soul (1996), won the Jury's Special Mention in the 1st Pusan International Film Festival. Walls Within (1997) also won awards in Singapore and Amiens, while Death on a Full Moon Day (1997) gained the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival but was initially banned by the Sri Lankan Government. His fifth film, August Sun, went on to win five international awards and was featured prominently in the world festival circuit including Cannes Film Festival. His sixth feature as writer/director, Flowers of the Sky (2008), premiered in Busan International Film Festival, while his seventh feature, With You, Without You (2012) won five international awards and nominated for the Best Film at Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The film is the first Sri Lankan film to received commercial release in India. He is also active as an international producer.

Production Company

Prasanna Vithanage formed Prasanna Vithanage Productions in 1997 to produce his fourth feature Purahanda Kaluwara (Death on a Full Moon Day), a co-production with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) that won the Grand Prize at the Amien International Film Festival. The company has subsequently worked with Uberto PASOLINI’s debut Machan (2007) and coproduced Akasa Kusum (Flowers of the Sky) (2008), Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You 2012) and the current pre-production Children of the Sun which was presented in Asian Project Market at Busan International Film Festival and received Hubert Bals Fund.

Filmmakers

Prasanna Vithanage

Director

 

H. D. Premasiri

Producer

 

M. D. Mahindapala

Director of Photography

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A. Sreekar Prasad

Film Editor

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Director Prasanna Vithanage

Producers H. D. Premasiri / Prasanna Vithanage

Executive Producers Rahul Roy / M. D. Mahindapala / Daminda D. Madawala / Vindana Ariyawansa

Director of Photography M. D. Mahindapala

Film Editor A. Sreekar Prasad

Music Composer K

Sound DesignerTapas Nayak

Production D esigner Buddi Sanjaya Edirisinghe

Narrator Rajitha Disanayake

First Assistant Director Daminda D. Madawala

CAST & CREW

CAST

Thilakshini Ratnayake
Wibeeshana Kurera
Chula Mendis
Anton Cooray
Sugath Dev Pathinayake
K. H. A. Mallika
Punith Thejaka Herath
Onadi Rasanya Rackogama
Chinthaka Vass
Nimal Jayasinghe
Keerthi Ranjith Peiris
Kumara Wanduressa

 

 

CREW

Offline Editor Sithum Samarajeewa
Assistant Cameraman Kularuwan Gamage
Location Sound Recordist R. A. Ranjith Perera
Dialogue Recordist Sasika Ruwan Marasinghe
Sketches K. W. Janaranjana
Research Ineesha Hewawasam / Trilan Shastri
Production Executive Damayanthi Fonseka
Production Assistant Gunarathna Hapuarachchi
Editing Assistants Babu / Suresh
Second Assistant Director Trilan Shastri
Second Camera Assistant Jayantha Samanthilake
Lighting Assistants Nuwan Kumara Rajapakshe / H. C. Saman Ranaweera

Drivers Gunarathna Hapuarachchi / B. G. Kosala / Rangana Sri Liyanage / Rasika Sampath

 

 

SOUND

Track Laying S. Alagaikoothan / Baskaran / Hari
Foley Artist A. Bashar
Assistant Engineer B. Jayanth
5.1 Mix Thapas Nayak
Co-ordination Sarvanajayakumar
Additional Programing Joseph P. George

 

DI TEAM

Vice President - Production (VFX-DI) K. Himakumar
Line Producer A. Prabhakar
Colourist S. Prasath
DI Editor Muthurai Ramalingam
Titles & Animation Pandidurai Pragalathan
English Subtitles Prasad Perera / Ineesha Hewawasam

 

 

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SCREENINGS

10th Seattle South Asian Film Festival

Tuesday, October 20th, 3:15 p.m.

 

San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

Sunday, October 25th, 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Festival of South Asian Documentaries Kathmandu, Nepal

Friday, November 20th, 1:30 p.m

 

 

3rd University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival

Thursday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m

 

 

Indian Film Festival Melbourne

Saturday, August 20, 4:45 p.m

 

 

 



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