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by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara


1989. A small village in eastern Sri Lanka. After her husband is abducted, tortured and murdered by state army, Kusum must fight to look after her eight children and mother-in-law all by herself. After being physically and sexually abused, and working a number of odd jobs, Kusum falls into prostitution. The police arrest her while she is working in a brothel. Soon the news spreads throughout the village and her family’s fate is turned upside down…

international title: Burning Birds
original title: Burning Birds
country: France, Sri Lanka
sales agent: Film Republic
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
film run: 84'
screenplay: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
cinematography by: Kalinga Deshapriya Vithanage
producer: Antonin Dedet
co-producer: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
production: Neon Productions, Sapushpa Expressions (LK)
backing: Doha Film Institute


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