Social Science Baha

Prasanna Vithanage

Prasanna Vithanage, one of the best known names in Sri Lankan film industry, makes films that stand at the intersection of violence, gender and social injustice. He directed his first film Sisila Gini Gani (Ice of Fire) in 1992. It won nine OCIC Awards (Sri Lanka) including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Four years later, he wrote and directed his second film Anantha Rathriya (Dark Night of the Soul) which won the Jury’s Special Mention at the First Pusan International Film Festival and went on to win all the main awards at the 1996 Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards (affiliated with FIPRESCI). Pawuru Walalu (Walls Within), his third feature in 1997, won the Best Actress Award at the 1998 Singapore International Film Festival and almost all of the Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards. His fourth feature Purahanda Kaluwara (Death on a Full Moon Day), which he wrote and directed won the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival. It is one of the most successful films in the more than half a century history of cinema in Sri Lanka.