Piṭuvahalayā (The Exile)

Sunday, January 19, 2:45pm
Film Synopsis

Shot improvisationally in 2010, shortly after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, this film takes a lyrical approach to examining recent history and the process of reconstruction in the post-war era. The visions of an exile are carried through an immoral silence, to an end both dubious and bittersweet.

8 minutes
Rajee Samarasinghe
United States of America
Year completed
Director Photo - Rajee Samarasinghe
Filmmaker Bio

Rajee Samarasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka 1988) is a Sri Lankan filmmaker and visual artist. Some of his recent work examines contemporary ethnographic practices through associations of family and heritage. He received his BFA from the University of California San Diego and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

Rajee's work has been exhibited at venues internationally including the BFI London Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, FIDMarseille, Ann Arbor Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Havana Film Festival, CROSSROADS at SFMOMA, REDCAT, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Media City Film Festival, Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and San Diego Asian Film Festival among others.

He's received the “Arri - Film House Award for visionary filmmaking” at the Athens International Film + Video Festival, the "Vimeo - Audience Award" at CROSSROADS at SFMOMA, and a “Jury Award” at the Sydney Underground Film Festival.

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The Exile - 3