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 Post subject: ‘Dheewari’ (Fisherman’s Daughter) in 3 US film festivals
 Post Posted: Sat May 13, 2006 7:59 pm 
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New movie ‘Dheewari’ to represent Lanka in 3 film festivals in the US

By Ranjith Bandara Attanayake
@ DM / 13May2006


Salinda Perera, a Sri Lankan domiciled in US is to present his maiden film ‘Dheewari’ (Fisherman’s Daughter) to three international film festivals.

Based on the novel ‘A Fisherman’s daughter) by Raja Proctor, ‘Dheewari’ depicts a strong young woman’s struggle to overcome the iniquities of the traditional feudal system which traps fisher folk in a cycle of constant poverty.

This film will represent Sri Lanka at Armspring film festival, California, Sundance Film Festival, Utah and Los Angelese Film Festival.

The film was shot in 1995 recalling 1970 decade and edited in 2006.

‘Dheewari’ casts include Sangeetha Weerarathna (Valli), Joe Abewickrema(Mudalali), Cyril Wickremage(Peduru), Trilicia Gunawardene(Josie), Jackson Anthony (Manuel) and Veena Jayakodi(Mudalali’s Wife).

Valli an Orphan has to leave the orphanage since she is overage to be there. She returns to a fishing village to live with her uncle and his wife.

She determines to continue hir dead father’s struggle for the liberation of her fellow fishefolk from the rich, powerful fish trader (Maalu Mudalali) who dominates the ‘Lellama’ (fish auction) keeping the monopoly to himself.

Valli dreams of a mechanized fishing boat, the only way out of the ‘Mudalali’s’ strangle hold. Thanks to the education she received at the convent she quickly sees the wisdom of her late father’s quest for independence from the ‘Mudalali’ who controls all aspects of fishing in their village.

Screen-play has been written by Salinda Perera and Darrell Costa. Art Director Sunil Wijerathne. Edited by Harris Nanda Siri. Camera has been handled by Lal Wickremaarachchi.

Music for the movie is from Pradeep Ratnayake and ‘Dheewari’ is produced by Salinda Perera and Chandran Ratnam.

‘Dheewari’ Directed by Salinda Perera, will be released in Sri Lanka, Shortly.


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