Films of Prasanna Vithanage

Prasanna Vithanage is one of Sri Lanka’s leading filmmakers. In Seattle for a retrospective of his work featuring three of his war films, Vithanage stopped by KCTS 9’s studios for an interview about his films, Sri Lankan cinema and the country’s more than 25 years of civil war.

 

Prasanna Vithanage
Sri Lankan director Prasanna Vithanage. Photo courtesy Prasanna Vithanage.

 

“Any war dehumanizes people,” says Prasanna Vithanage, director of seven feature films and a documentary. Set against the backdrop of Sri Lanka’s 25-year-long civil war, the three films featured in his Seattle retrospective tell simple yet poignant stories examining the human situation in times of conflict.

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