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Title Death on a full moon day / directed by Prasanna Vithanage
Published Honolulu, HI : Asia Pacific Films, 1998
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (69 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary Told against the backdrop of civil war, endemic poverty, and the struggles of everyday life in rural Sri Lanka, Death on a Full Moon Day revolves around the central protagonist, Wannihami, a blind man with a fierce sense of independence. When his son Bandara is killed by a land mine while fighting against Tamil rebels, Wannihami refuses to believe he is dead. Despite being overwhelmed by grief, Bandara's sister and her fiancee try to convince Wannihami to accept his son's death and the compensation payment the government is offering them. Impoverished as they are as a result of the civil war, the money could be used to complete construction of the family house and provide a better life for the family in a time of economic strife. However, even the poor conditions in which Wannihami and his family live cannot convince him to accept the money. Awards/Festivals: Golden Unicorn Best Feature Film Amiens International Film Festival 1999; FIPRESCI Prize Fribourg International Film Festival 1999; Silver Screen Award Best Asian Actor and Nominated Silver Screen Award Best Asian Film Singapore International Film Festival 1999; Thessaloniki International Film Festival 1998; Palm Springs International Film Festival 1999
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014)
Event Recorded in Sri Lanka
Notes Previously released as DVD
This edition in Sinhala with English subtitles
Won 1999 Amiens International Film Festival, Golden Unicorn
Won 1999 Amiens International Film Festival, Netpac Award
Won 1999 Firbourg International Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize
Won 1999 Singapore International Film Festival, Silver Screen Award
Nominated 1999 Singapore International Film Festival, Silver Screen Award
Subject Death -- Sri Lanka -- Drama.
Ethnic conflict -- Sri Lanka -- Drama.
War and society -- Sri Lanka -- Drama.
Genre/Form Feature films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Vitānagē, Prasanna, director
Other Titles Purahanda kaluwara