Death on a Full Moon Day

Purahanda Kaluwara
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English (subtitled), 69 min, 1997, Sri Lanka

In a drought-stricken land marred by ethnic conflict, the sons of the rural poor are dying in a bitter civil war.
 
However, Wannihami, the blind old man, knows that rain will come soon. On the Buddhist holiday of the full moon, the body of Bandara, Wannihami's soldier son, is brought home in a sealed coffin. The rains fall on the day Bandara is buried. But Wannihami refuses to sign the papers which entitles the family to Government compensation.
 
Despite pressure from his desperate community, Wannihami still retains clarity of vision which transcends his blindness. He decides to dig up his son's sealed coffin, even though he knows it will invalidate the compensation claim. His greater purpose is to believe that the war cannot kill his son.
 

 
Producer:
Prasanna Vithanage
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
M. D. Mahindapala
Editing:
A. Sreekar Prasad
Sound:
Jayasudha
Actors:
Harshajith Abeysuriya, Joe Abeywickrama, K. A. Milton Perera, Kumara Karunananda, Linton Semage, Mahendra Perera, Nayanna Hettiarachchi, Priyanka Samaraweera
 
Awards and Screenings:

 
Awards:
Grand Prix - Amiens
NETPAC Award - Amiens
International Critic's Award - Fribourg
Best Actor - Singapore
5 SIGNIS Film Awards including Best Director
4 Sarasavi Film Awards including Best Picture

Screenings:
Amiens, La Rochelle, London, Montreal, IFFI, Thesaloniki, Palm Springs, Singapore, Fribourg, Innsbruck, Pusan, Istanbul, Fajr