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Sun 20 May 2012, 2:00pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Reserved seating: $30.00
  • General seating: $20.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Here is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into Sri Lankan culture, traditions and most importantly the film industry. Sri Lankan Dance Academy will screen “Siri Raja Siri”, Sri Lankan family movie (Sinhala with English subtitles) to raise funds for the Academy. A selection of delicious Sri Lankan food will be available for sale at the venue. You participation will be highly valued.

A gifted boy from a Sri Lankan village wins a scholarship to an elite school in Colombo where he must draw upon the strength of his rural traditions to prove himself and become King Siri. Young Sirimal (Kokila Jayasuriya) loves the simple pleasures of his country life—swimming, playing with his sister, walking through the misty fields to school—but his intelligence and high marks have destined him for greater things. Soon he must adjust to life among the children of the rich and powerful, from fighting the school bully to enduring the blister-inducing shoes of his uniform. When Sirimal wins the lead role of King Siri in the school play, he faces his biggest challenge yet: paying for the elaborate costume.

Inspired by his own experiences, director Somaratne Dissanayake’s uncomplicated film revels in the villagers’ cultural richness and adherence to traditional values. The impoverished characters are the overfed children of the well-to-do, ferried about in SUVs, spoiled with junk food, and too westernized to speak their native Sinhalese.

Cinematographer Channa Deshapriya captures the beauty of Sri Lanka’s rural landscape with a breathtaking hyper-reality, but it is in the details of Sirimal’s everyday life that the film delights.

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