The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) has organized a Sinhala Film Festival celebrating old and new films at the ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8. Following are the films to be screened at 430pm.
July 17 – Sath Samudra – Sri Gunasinghe
July 21 – Delowak Athara – Lester James Peiris
July 28 – Viragaya – Tissa Abeyesekera
Aug.4 – Suddilage Kathawa – Dharmasiri Bandaranayake
Aug.11 – Machang – Uberto Pasolini
Aug,18 – Dadayama – Siri Gunasinghe
See: Sinhala Movie Classics 2017
Frangipani is a Sinhala film made in Sri Lanka in 2014 written, directed and produced by Visakesa Chandrasekaram, a Sydney-based lawyer and creative writer. While it is an important and welcome addition to the genre of queer film in South Asia, it would be doing it a disservice to label it just as a gay flick. Rather it is an exploration of complex sexual identities, desire, fate and the role that socio-cultural and economic factors and realities play in the lives of those who do not fit neatly into either traditional heterosexual or even homosexual moulds. In a broader sense the film is an invitation to explore fundamental issues of what one calls the human condition.