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Thu, 25 Jan


Documentary Screenings for Galle Literary Festival

from 25th to 27th January

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Documentary Screenings for Galle Literary Festival
Documentary Screenings for Galle Literary Festival

Time & Location

25 Jan 2024, 15:30 – 27 Jan 2024, 16:00

, 30 Leyn Baan Street, Galle

About the Event


By Ruvin De Silva

Thursday 25th Jan

3.00 - 3.30 pm

directed by Ruvin De Silva, offers a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s complicated socio-political history which led to strategic disappearances and the existence of mass graves across the country. The documentary features seven mass grave locations and focuses on the different oral histories and narratives of those affected by these sites: from families and loved ones to activists and researchers, exploring the unanswered questions that continue to haunt Sri Lanka’s past, present, and future.


By Ruvin De Silva

Thursday 25th Jan

3.30 - 4.00 pm

State in Silence is a documentary that delves into the pervasive culture of impunity in Sri Lanka, examining its historical roots, social implications, and legal frameworks that have contributed to a systemic lack of accountability on the island. Through the perspectives of victims' families, activists, and legal experts, the film highlights the enduring cycles of injustice shaping Sri Lanka's past, present, and future and underscores the critical importance of accountability, justice, and human rights in post-conflict societies.


By Sulochana Peiris

Friday 26th Jan

7.30 - 8.30 pm

This documentary looks at Sri Lanka’s 2022 Aragalaya protests from a protest movement building and mobilisation perspective, centering around interviews with several key core activists from different ethnic, linguistic, and professional backgrounds. It reflects the movement organisation, building, and communication strategies, the evolution of the movement and its current status.

The documentary premiered in the Netherlands, and has been screened at universities across the UK with further international screenings already reserved for early 2024.


By Nadya Perera

Saturday 27th Jan

2.30- 4.00 pm


Minarets delves into the sound arts and song traditions of the Muslims of Sri Lanka through the past to the present day. Juxtaposing archival material with footage shot in Colombo, Galle, Weligama, Puttalam, Kalmunai and Ampara, the film invites us to reflect on cultural politics and the future of intangible heritage.

at 30 Leyn Baan




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