France- Sri Lanka- Qatar- The Netherlands- 2016
84 min

Directed by: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
Script: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
DOP: Kalinga Deshapriya
Cast: Anoma Janadari, Samanalee Fonseka, Mahendra Perera, Chandani Senavirathne, Leonie Kotalawala, Pubudu Chathuranga, Thissa Bandaranayaka

1989. A small village in Eastern Sri Lanka. After her husband is abducted, tortured and
murdered by a paramilitary group, Kusum struggles against all odds to look after her eight
children and mother-in-law, making sacrifice after sacrifice for her family.

Born in 1977 in Sri Lanka, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at
the University of Sri Jayewardenepura in 2005. In 2008, he obtained his Master’s degree in
Mass Communications from the University of Kelaniya. Sanjeewa pursued a diploma in
filmmaking at the Sri Lanka National Film Corporation in 2006. In 2014, he obtained his
advanced degree (Master of Fine Arts) in filmmaking from the Chung-Ang University in South
Korea as a Korean Government Scholarship Holder (KGSP). Sanjeewa’s first feature film,
Flying Fish world premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and was nominated for
the Tiger Award. In 2012, Sanjeewa was invited to Paris by Cinéfondation of Cannes Film
Festival to its Résidence programme to develop his second feature film, Burning Birds.

New Currents Competition, Busan International Film Festival, 2016

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