THE SILENCE

Land Master, a small hand tractor, is the mode of transportation in that village in Vanni, where bus service is not available. It is a hand tractor, which is the only difference. It serves as the bus for this community. Kanthilatha, a woman in the village, travels with a photograph of her disappeared son by this land master with the intension to find some clue of him. In the meantime a young lady who has come to the camp site from the city, also get on to the tractor to reach the town. During their journey she found that she has lost her mobile. She suggests going back to find her mobile but Kanthilatha rejects her idea saying she needs to go to the town to find her son. However the young lady is not interested in the situation of Kanthilatha as it is not her experience. Then another lady, a Tamil mother, also gets on the tractor to find some information of her missing son. These two mothers explains the young lady that the issue of missing persons is not a personal crisis but a grave common issue and the suffering of mothers in different nationalities doesn't care of the differences in languages. When the tractor reaches the town, two mothers get down from it and go for the office on missing persons leaving huge effect on the lady. In the confusion caused by the story of mothers, she imagines that her own mother running here and there holding a photograph. She runs to her mother and sees that it is her photograph. She then understands that it is merely a vision which is resulted due to her recent experience on missing persons. However it leaves the terror of disappearance in her mind.
Sri Lanka is a country which was severely affected from time to time by political instabilities, civil war situations and various struggles. Both the people living in North as well as South have faced such situations. The country looks forward forgetting the large number of persons, who were killed and disappeared during the bleak periods, and leaving black marks on the pages of history. Until year 2015 no action was taken to investigate the cases, bring justice or to listen to the grievances of the affected families. However the new government, which came to power in 2015, took a productive step in 2017 to look in to these issues on forced disappearances, fulfilling a pledge given in the election campaign to the local community as well as the international community. Government has given certain relief to the affected persons by way of establishing an independent commission on missing persons and permanent office for the same in 2017.
The story of this short film is focused on the views of the mothers of missing persons and the views of other parties, who are distracted from this experience.

  • Ranga Bandaranayake
    Director
  • Chamara Prasanna Kodithuwakku
    Writer
  • Sri Lanka Rupavahini(TV) Corporation
    Producer
  • Government information Department of Sri Lanka
    Producer
  • Malkanthi Ranasinghe
    Key Cast
    “Kanthilatha”
  • John Dinesh Sandaruwan
    Key Cast
    “Tractor Driver”
  • Divya Sharika Pigera
    Key Cast
    “Young Lady”
  • Kamala Sri Mohan
    Key Cast
    “Tamil Lady”
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    NIHANDIYAWA
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 5, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,250 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Sri Lanka
  • Country of Filming:
    Sri Lanka
  • Language:
    Sinhala, Tamil
  • Shooting Format:
    XDCAM
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Screening
    Colombo 07
    Sri Lanka
    August 12, 2018
    Sri Lanka
  • Nomination
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    March 1, 2019
    Nomination - XXI DetectiveFest International TV and Film Festival 2019- Moscow,Russia.
  • Awards - XXI DetectiveFEST International Film and Television Festival 2019
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    Best short film - Golden Award - Category : Fight for civil societys' rights
Distribution Information
  • Sri Lanka Rupavahini(TV) Corporation
    Country: Sri Lanka
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Ranga Bandaranayake

Biography:
 24 years of experience in the Sri Lankan television industry as a producer.
 22 years of experience in Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation as a TV drama and programme producer.
 Done 48 single episode television dramas - since 2002.
•Won Best Single Episode Drama Director of the year award- State TV Awards - 2004
•Won Best Single Episode Drama Director of the year award- Raigam TV Awards - 2010
 Done 03 TV serial dramas.
• Nominated for 22 award categories at the 04 national TV award festivals and won 04 major awards (Script, Camera, Editing, Makeup) for the serial drama “Bhawanthara” was directed by Ranga Bandaranayake – 2015
 Done many documentaries, magazine programmes, live programmes.
•Won Best Educational Programme of the year award – Raigam TV Awards – 2013
•Won Best Multi Camera Programme of the Year award – State TV Awards – 2014
• Won Diploma for the documentary "Life without Love- Love without Life" at DetectiveFEST International Film and Television Festival,Moscow-Russia 2018
• Won Rights for Civil Society Film Award - DetectiveFest international Film and Television Awards Festival, Moscow-2019
• Won Special Diploma in Anti Terrorism short Films- DetectiveFEST International Film and Television Awards Festival,Moscow-2019
 Working in Sri Lankan Theatre and Cinema as an actor-asst. director and stage manager.
•Won Best Stage Manager award – State Drama Festival – 2000.
• Pre- Selection Jury Member in Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union(ABU - Malaysia) TV Drama Festival - 2017

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