Her. Him. The Other
Sri Lanka | Drama | 1 hr 56 min (116 min) | Sinhala and Tamil with English Subtitles
4/27/2019 | 6:30 - 8:50 pm
This feature will be preceded by a short film - I DREAM
Three Sri Lankan filmmakers renowned for their internationally acclaimed films based on the Sri Lankan civil war, join in to make one film to express their views on post-war reality. The war between Tamil militants and government forces of Sri Lanka lasted for three decades. Thousands from both parties, combatants and civilians died due to the battle. The government forces crushed Tamil militants in May 2009. It's time to assess each other’s conscience. He (an ex-militant videographer for the LTTE) travels from the North in search of HER (a young widow of a government army soldier) in the South to find relief from the pain that disturbed his conscience. Having been raised in a religion that has faith in reincarnation, he (a Sinhala language teacher) tries to deceive his own conscience by refusing to believe the re-birth of a Tamil militant into a Sinhala family witnessed by HIM with his own eyes. One's hero is THE OTHER's traitor. But a mother will lose a son in a war. How many wars must a man live through before he feels the suffering of THE OTHER?
Prasanna Vithanage is a veteran filmmaker, Director, writer and a producer who is currently reside in Sri Lanka. He was involved with theater before he directed feature films. His filmography contains highly political stories and all of his films are internationally and locally acclaimed. He has been in the international festivals as the Jury and he is a film mentor & a lecturer for Sri Lankan upcoming filmmakers.
Vimukthi Jayasundara is an award-winning Sri Lankan director known for his surreal films that erase the borders between fiction and documentary, between cinema and visual art. After finishing his documentary film “The Land of Silence” (2002) about the victims of civil war. He made his directorial debut with the “Forsaken Land” (2005), which won the Camera d’Or for best first feature at Cannes, Jayasundra followed this with between two worlds (2009), which competed at the Venice Film Festival, and has been shown at over 100 festivals internationally. His third feature “Mushrooms” (2011) was filmed in India and went on to be selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
Handagama is considered as the leader of the third generation of Sri Lankan cinema. His films, aiming to tackle harsh socio-political realities in the society, always tend to explore new forms and narratives. This is My Moon (2000), Flying With One Wing ( 2003), Letter of Fire ( 2005 ), Him, Here, After (2012), Let Her cry ( 2015), Asandhimitta ( 2018 ) are notable films which have been critically acclaimed at international film festivals. Amiens International Film Festival, paid tribute to Asoka Handagama for his contribution to development of independent cinema in Asia, at its 33rd edition, held from 8-16th November, 2013.
Directed by Asoka Handagama, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Prasanna Vithanage
Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)
Dharshana Vidya Aravinda
F. Jules Colin
Juliyan Gaarvith Galindawattha
Juliyan Kawshalya Mendis
Shirly Yasvin Ravishankar
M. Raj Shri
K Krishna Kumar
Eeshit Narain ... director of photography
Film Editing by
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shiladitya Bora ... second assistant director
Daminda D. Madawala ... assistant director
Chathurangi Rasikala Pathirage ... assistant director (as Chathurangi Pathirage)
Trilan Shastri ... first assistant director
Tapas Nayak ... sound designer
Dinindu Jagoda ... colorist
P.V. Ram Prasaanth ... assistant editor
Raghavendra Thirun ... associate editor