THEY DANCE ALONE

SATHANGE PUTHTHU

By Nilendra DESHAPRIYA

NILENDRA DESHAPRIYA PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Pre-Production 2015

“I would say that I am a lucky mother amongst many mothers in Sri Lanka who are crying for their lost sons. I am fortunate to have seen at least my son’s body and I am relieved at the thought of being able to give him a decent burial”.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • SRI LANKA, SWITZERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • SINHALE, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nilendra DESHAPRIYA
    • Writer(s)
    • Joe SENEVIRATNE, Nilendra DESHAPRIYA
    • Producer(s)
    • Nilendra DESHAPRIYA (Nilendra Deshapriya Productions), Nathasha DREAM (Nilendra Deshapriya Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Dr.Manorani Saravanamuttu, who was awakened in the darkness of pre-dawn to the sound of those who were trying to forcibly enter her home, looks out through a window. She asks for the identity of those outside, who were carrying fire-arms.
      She is been answered with a question, whether she is harbouring any outsiders. They point their weapons demanding to open the door to her house. As it is a time of terror and violence due to the competing terrorism of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the security forces of the state, she trembles at the sight of the weapons pointed towards her. In panic she opens the door to her house. She is concerned for her son Richard who was asleep upstairs in the apartment.
      Richard was a journalist, attached to Inter Press Service (IPS). He was also a popular film, stage and TV actor and a news reader in the state owned television station. He had presented several stories to IPS on human rights violations in Sri Lanka, and as a result was due to take up a new posting in Lisbon within two weeks.
      One member of the armed intruders enters the house and rushes into the room that Richard was asleep in and drags him out. He and the others carrying arms force him into a jeep waiting outside, amidst the protests of Dr.Manorani Saravanamuttu.
      It was a time when young men were taken away by unknown gunmen in un-numbered white vehicles, in the dead of night. Very often their mutilated bodies were later found, often beyond recognition, on roadsides, floating on rivers or burning on tires.
      Richard’s upper middle class family had many ties, either as relations or friends with politicians, senior bureaucrats and intellectuals, senior persons in the security services, editors and other media personnel. Almost all of them were making frantic efforts to discover where Richard had been taken to and why.
      It is a time when fishermen were used to burying unidentifiable bodies often found floating in the sea. They bring the body ashore and inform the police. After a magisterial inquiry, the body is sent to the morgue of the Colombo South Hospital. At the morgue, Dr.Manorani Saravanamuttu identifies the body is of her son, Richard.
      At the post-mortem inquiry held the next day, Dr.Saravanamuttu states that she could identify two of the persons who abducted her son. In a statement to the press, she said: “When my son was forcibly taken away last Sunday morning, I thought I will never see him again. I resigned myself to spend the rest of my life like thousands of mothers who live in agony not knowing whether their children are dead or alive”.
      “I would say that I am a lucky mother amongst many mothers in Sri Lanka who are crying for their lost sons. I am fortunate to have seen at least my son’s body and I am relieved at the thought of being able to give him a decent burial”.
      She then begins a campaign to bring those who abducted and killed her son to justice. This campaign, wins the attention of international organizations such as Amnesty International, Article 19 and other Human Rights Organizations, helping her to galvanize other Sri Lankan parents who had also lost their children, but were locked in the silence of fear to demand inquiries and justice. This leads to launch the Mother’s front which demands to know the truth about their lost sons, and opened the eyes of many Sri Lankans to the violence and terror that had become part of their society.
      Is there anything that is possible to bring an end to this vicious cycle of killings that has become part of today’s society in so many countries?
    • Partners & financing
    • European-Financiers/Partners need for Locations, Shooting Schedule in Geneva and Casting
      Financiers/Partners need for Locations in UK-Shooting Schedule in UK and Casting
      European Producer/s
      Post-Production Facilities
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Dec 10, 2015
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