BURNING BIRDS
Filmfest 2017

German Age Rating

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1989, amid the chaos of the civil war in Sri Lanka: In a little village in the East of the island, Kusum's husband is kidnapped by a paramilitary militia and murdered. Now Kusum will have to provide for her eight kids and her mother-in-law by herself. She does everything she can to feed their hungry mouths and keep her eldest daughter in school.

tags: Family, Violence, War, Feature film, Crime/Murder

Cast: Anoma Janadari, Samanalee Fonseka, Mahendra Perera, Chandani Senavirathne, Leonie Kotalawala

Credits

Screenplay: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

Director of Photography: Kalinga Deshapriya

Film Editor: Ajith Ramanayake, Katharina Wartena

Composer: R. Abaji, Philip David Sheppard

Sound: Aruna Priyantha Kaluarchchi, Nicolas D'halluin

Producer: Antonin Dedet, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

Production Company: Neon Productions

Co-Production Company: Sapushpa Expressions

World Sales: Film Republic

Director: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara

biography

Sanjeewa Pushpakumara was born in Eastern Sri Lanka in 1977 and moved to the capital Colombo when he was 18 to become a radio host and reporter for TV and newspapers. He majored in art and communications, and studied filmmaking at Sri Lanka's National Film Corporation. He received a scholarship to attend Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea and study film, where he graduated 2014. He screened his debut feature FLYING FISH at Rotterdam 2011, which was outlawed in Sri Lanka due to its controversial depiction of the local military.