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Film Screening of Sumathy Sivamohan’s film Ingirunthu

Film Screening of Sumathy Sivamohan’s film Ingirunthu
Speaker: Sumathy Sivamohans # Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities
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1st Feb 2017 14:00 - 1st Feb 2017 16:30
Basement Lecture Theatre, Medical School (D'way 6, enter from Teviot Place), Edinburgh

Sumathy is an academic, filmmaker, poet, translator, actress and activist. Originally from Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka, she is now Professor of English at the University of Peradeniya. She is visiting Edinburgh as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities.

The screening will be followed by a Question and Answer session with the director, Sumathy Sivamohan.


On a vibrant tea plantation in Sri Lanka, a deaf mute, a struggling mother and a researcher from Colombo are thrown in together in the backdrop of escalating social and political violence. Combining story telling, melodrama, fantasy, suspense, documentary detail, news telecast and historical reconstructions, the film is an epic narration of a community’s struggle to survive. Ingirunthu is about the minority Tamil tea plantation community, brought over as indentured labour by the British to Sri Lanka.