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Asian Project Market, HAF
Death on a Full Moon Day

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Death on a Full Moon Day (Pura Handa Kaluwara)

Directed by Prasanna Vithanage

  • Sri Lanka, Japan 1997; 68 min
  • Original version: Hindi
  • Genre: Drama

  • From the director of CHILDREN OF THE SUN presented at Asian Project Market
    From the director of SILENCE IN THE COURTS presented at HAF
    From the director of WRONG MAN presented at Asian Project Market


In a draught-stricken land marred by ethnic conflict, the sons of the rural poor are dying in a bitter civil war. However, Wannihami, the blind old man, knows that rain will come soon. On the Buddhist holiday of the full moon, the body of Bandara, Wannihami’s soldier son, is brought home in a sealed coffin. The rains fall on the day Bandara is buried. But Wannihami refuses to sign the papers which entitles the family to Government compensation. Despite pressure from his desperate community, Wannihami still retains clarity of vision which transcends his blindness. He decides to dig up his son’s sealed coffin, even though he knows it will invalidate the compensation claim. His greater purpose is to believe that the war cannot kill his son.



    Prasanna Vithanage