Sath Samudura

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Sath Samudura
Directed by Siri Gunasinghe
Produced by Linus Dissanayake
Starring Swarna Mallawarachchi
Cyril Wickramage
Denawake Hamine
Music by Somadasa Elvitagala
Cinematography D. B. Nihalsinghe
Edited by D. B. Nihalsinghe
Release date
February 2, 1967
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhala

Sath Samudura (English language, "Seven Seas") is a landmark Sri Lankan film directed by professor Siri Gunasinghe and released in 1967. This film was critically acclaimed and is considered a major work in Sri Lankan cinema.

It depicts the plight of fishermen living in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.

Cast[edit]

Cyril Wickremage as Gunadasa

Swarna Mallawarachchi as Soma

Denawaka Hamine as Karolina

Edmund Wijesinghe as Sediris

Somasiri Dehipitiya as

Ratnawalie Kakunawela as

Leena Fernando as

Hemamali Gunasinghe as

Bertie Kirthisena as

Sumitra Rajasinghe as

Srimathi Rasadari as

Music[edit]

The score for the movie was composed and directed by Somadasa Elvitigala. Unlike popular films of the time, only a few songs were included and these were of sombre and austere quality. W. D. Amaradeva served as the vocalist.

Reception[edit]

The film was a huge critical success within Sri Lanka.

At the 1968 Sarasaviya Film Awards, the film took home Best Film, Best Director, Best Male Film Role (Edmund Wijesinghe), Best Female Film Role (Denawaka Hamine), Best Film Editing, Best Music Direction, Best Lyricist (Mahagama Sekera - "Sinidu Sudu Mudu Thalawe") and Best Male Singer (W. D. Amaradeva - "Sinidu Sudu Mudu Thalawe").

In 1997, it was named one of the Top Ten films of the first 50 years of Sri Lankan cinema.

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