Before Sanjeewa PUSHPAKUMARA (1977, Sri Lanka) took art courses at several universities, he had worked as a journalist and television presenter. In 2007, he received a scholarship to take a film course in Korea and learn the Korean language. His short films Touch (2007) and Wings to Fly (2009) were screened successfully at the Youth New Wave International Film Festival in Sri Lanka. His latest film, Burning Birds (2016), received production support from Doha Film Institute and also post-production support from the Hubert Bals Fund and Cinema du Monde.
Sanjeewa Pushpakumara at IFFR
This daring, exciting story from northern Sri Lanka convincingly captures the madness in a land where the psychology of war is omnipresent. Three parallel stories deal with the attempts of ordinary village people to lead a normal life in abnormal circumstances.
Eight kids, no husband, no money: how can a woman alone in rural Sri Lanka keep her head above water in a situation like this? Director Sanjeewa Pushpakumara candidly depicts all the suffering to which single mother Kusum is exposed. Burning Birds is a beautifully filmed piece of biting social criticism.