Published on May 11, 2013
Sulanga Enu Pinisa (The Forsaken Land)
'Sulanga Enu Pinisa' (The Forsaken Land) is the film that won the prestigious Camera d 'OR for a first feature film at the Cannes International Film Festival in May 2005. It was directed by Vimukthi Jayasundara.
In this stunning maiden effort Jayasundara managed to create a social discussion on the discourse of 'War' in the Sri Lankan context. The film was the subject of many controversies which involved numerous social groups, political parties, and activists. It shed a light on the constant ideological battles between war and peace, the soldier and the civilian, fidelity and infidelity which perplexingly coexisted in Sri Lankan society at the wartime. Instead of asking the viewer to sympathize with the victims of the social tragedies, the film demands an intervention.