1989. A small village in Eastern Sri Lanka. After her husband is abducted, tortured and murdered by a paramilitary group, Kusum has a struggle on her hands to look after her eight children and mother-in-law all by herself.
- Special Jury Prize - Tokyo FILMeX
- Grand Prix (Fiction and Human Rights), Young Jury Award - FIFDH
- Anoma Janadari
- Mahendra Perera
- Samanalee Fonseka
- Chandani Senavirathne
- Sanjeewa Pushpakumara
- Kalinga Deshapriya
- NEON PRODUCTIONS
- FILM REPUBLIC
Janadari’s stoic suffering has real power.
The irony of the film is that all characters are victimized by those who stand for their salvation.
Born in Sri Lanka in 1977, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara studied mass communication and film. His first feature, IGILLENA MALUWO (FLYING FISH, 2011), was selected in Rotterdam, while BURNING BIRDS (2016) was developed through the Cannes Cinéfondation and premiered in Busan.