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A Song of Ceylon
A film by Laleen Jayamanne
Australia, 1985, 51 minutes, Color, VHS/16mm
Order No. W99048
A formally rigorous, visually stunning study of colonialism, gender and the body. The title echoes the classic British documentary and evokes a country erased from the world map. The soundtrack enacts a Sri Lankan anthropological text observing a woman’s ritual exorcism. Visually, the film brings together theatrical conventions and recreations of classic film stills, presenting the body in striking tableaux. This remarkable film is a provocative treatise on hybridity, hysteria and performance.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Melbourne Film Festival
  • Edinburgh Film Festival

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    “The anthropological text is performed both like a musical score and a theatrical ritual….The film engages the viewer in the cinematic body as spectacle…”
    Trinh T. Minh-ha
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