HANDFUL OF LEAVES

Focusing on Sarvodaya Movement of Sri Lanka's unique community awakening & development philosophy based entirely on Buddha's teachings. This film is a tribute to the founder of the Movement, three time Nobel Peace Award nominee Dr. A T Ariyaratne's service to humanity over six decades.

  • VISHNU VASU
    Director
  • VISHNU VASU
    Writer
  • Arjuna Krishnaratne
    Producer
  • Film Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Sri Lanka
  • Country of Filming:
    Sri Lanka
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • COLOMBO
    Sri Lanka
    November 13, 2018
    SRI LANKA
Distributor Information
  • ARJUNA KRISHNARATNE
    Country: Sri Lanka
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - VISHNU VASU

Vishnu Vasu
I was born to a simple farming family in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Grew up in the village chasing buffalos and playing drums on tree trunks. I dreamed of going to America to study film at the New York Film Academy, to dine with Robin Williams, to go to a sex shop and to ride in a tram to Castro. I tried a zillion times but failed. Frustrated to the very atom of my being, I finally left for India. In India, I studied Broadcast Journalism and South Indian percussion. I traveled around the world to perform and to share stories. Coming home, I joined McCann Erickson as a copywriter. Later I “retired hurt” after fourteen years of contributing to create a greed-based society. And then, I embarked on my documentary filmmaking journey. In 2011 I released my first full-length documentary film titled GANDHI’S CHILDREN. And my last is a film on child soldiers of Sri Lanka’s 30-year-old war titled BUTTERFLY. In the last sixteen years I may have worked on over a hundred short films here in Sri Lanka as well as in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, America and Mexico. This is all about me. Nothing more – nothing less.

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