A medium to trigger introspection

“There has been criticism, but I am fearless, because I know that there is a silent majority that agrees with me behind the scenes,” Sri Lankan writer and director Sumathy Sivamohan has said.

She was speaking at the last ‘In Conversation’ segment of the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala that concluded here on Thursday.

Ms. Sivamohan, who is also a poet, essayist, and translator, uses cinema as a medium to trigger introspection. “My films are all about making viewers think,” she said.


All of her films were women-centric, but they did not go into the psychology of women, she said. “It is about how they are socially embedded.”

Her films deal with Sri Lankan and Tamil politics. “You can change ethnicity by changing your sari. There is nothing in one’s blood, inseparable, about one’s identity. But once you consider this ‘sari’ to be important, wearing it in a different way becomes difficult,” Ms. Sivamohan said regarding the sequence in her film where a woman changes the way she wears a sari, depicting a different ethnicity.

“Cinema brings out the unknown in me. There are no good and bad binaries in people,” she said.

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