Cornell University

SAP Film Screening: Ingirunthu (Here and Now)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Uris Hall, G08 109 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14850

On a vibrant tea plantation in Sri Lanka, a deaf-mute, a struggling mother, and a researcher from Colombo are thrown together in the backdrop of escalating social and political violence. This film is a mutli-textured, multi-narrative film about minority Up-country Tamil tea plantation workers, who have lived on the margins of Sri Lankan society for generations, since their ancestors’ migration from India in the 19th century.

A Q & A with director Sumathy Sivamohan will follow the showing.

Sumathy Sivamohan is a professor of English at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. An award winning film maker, performer and playwright and poet, translator and academic, she has worked in the areas of gender, dispossession, the displaced, and the fraught question of nation. Her creative work emphasizes the idiom of conversation and colloquiality, while being experiments in form and style. She has performed widely, namely Delhi, New York, London, Melbourne, Zurich and nationally in many parts of the country. In 2011 she was awarded the Premchand Fellowship by the Sahithya Akademi of India.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, South Asia Program


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Daniel Bass

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Sivamohan Sumathy

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University of Peradeniya (English)

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Wheelchair accessible, assisted listening device available

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