Sumathy Sivamohan

Amid the Villus

Understanding place as history, memory, joy, adversity and struggle




46 min


Sri Lanka




Sumathy Sivamohan


When the civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009, the displaced people of Palaikuli in Musali South (northern Sri Lanka) returned to their homeland. Their homecoming was beset by a number of problems and challenges, including stone posts being driven into their land. Amid the Villus is the story of Palaikuli as the people tell it. It is about place, work and survival; understanding place as history, memory, joy, adversity and struggle.

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about the director

Sumathy Sivamohan is an award- winning film maker, dramatist/performer, poet and academic. Her features, Ingirunthu, Sons and Fathers and Single Tumbler have won international acclaim. She has performed widely internationally and nationally. Her work is in the areas of gender, class and nation. She works with communities in intimate and critical engagements with issues that concern localities and with communities affected by war and conflict. She teaches literature and critical theory  at the Department of English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

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