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Chilhood to Womanhood : Puberty rites of Sri Lanka



Sri Lanka, 2012, DV Cam - Color - 30 Minutes

DIRECTED BY:
Ariyarathna Vithana

CAST:
Melani Ashoka, Ama Randi Amarathunga,

SCREENPLAY:
Ariyarathna Vithana

PHOTOGRAPHY:
I.S. Kumara

EDITING:
I.S. Kumara

MUSIC:
Nalin Munirathna

SOUND:
I.S. Kumara

PRODUCER:
Lasantha Chulananda Gunawardana

PRODUCTION:
Lasantha Chulananda Gunawardana

WORLD SALES:
Ariyaratna Vithana Films

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Puberty rites has played a very significant role in the Sinhala and Tamil communities of Sri Lanka from very ancient times. Sinhala Buddhists, the majority of the Island regard the attainment or coming of age of a girl as an utmost significance in her life and they are used to some distinctive practices and rituals on the occasion of the puberty. This film depicts the similarities and dissimilarities of the rites and practices performed by all regions of Sri Lanka from the instance of a girl’s first menstruation unto the auspicious bath and celebration.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Born 1943. Educated at St. Joseph’s College, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka. Began career as a Proof Reader. 1963-1976. Free lance Journalist at the same period. Worked as an Assistant Director to the leading Film Director Titus Thotawatte 1971. Published first collection of short stories in 1971. First feature Film Script “Selinage Walawwa” 1975 Feature Film Script “Birinda” 1977 Followed a practical course in Film Direction 1976-1979, Germany. Directed “ Athuru Mithuru” Feature Film 1983 Directed “ IRASMA” Feature Film 2003. Married, father of two daughters.

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