Sulang Kirilli

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Sulang Kirilli
Damitha and Linton
Directed by Inoka Sathyangani
Produced by Inoka Sathyangani
Written by Inoka Sathyangani
Starring Damitha Abeyratne
Linton Semage
Jayani Senanayake
Grace Ariyavimal
Music by Nawarathna Gamage
Cinematography Channa Deshappriya
Release date
Running time
125 min
Country Sri Lanka
Language Sinhala

Sulang Kirilli (The Wind Bird) is a 2002 Sinhalese language feature film directed by Inoka Sathyangani which won many Sri Lankan and international awards, deals with a village girl employed in a garment factory, who is caught up between the legal limits of abortion and societal reactions to an out-of-wedlock birth.


Rathie is a young girl from a remote village, working in a suburban garment factory. She befriends a young soldier and falls in love. They start enjoying each other’s youthful warmth quite freely.

But one fine day Rathie realizes she has conceived with a child. Grappling with this unexpected new realization, she gets carried away in to a world of her own. A Simple and beautiful dream that any young woman would want to build for her with a marriage and a family life. Thus an unspoiled girl from a rural village, she is very stiff and independent to live alone in her own way in a small room in the city.

While she immerses herself quite happily in this elusive world, she jerks herself out of dreams when she gets to know he is a married man. Her world then starts drifting between the two extremes of her dreams and reality. She finds herself enjoying life in the dream world but reality drags her out of it. In the real world she is debarred from bringing up an illegal child without a father by the civil law of the country while depriving her of aborting the pregnancy by the penal code, which considers abortions as a severe criminal offence. A young girl caught in this dilemma condemned by society, is the dream world her only retreat?

A cinematic voyage of two hours between dreams and reality, permit the audience to realize the difference between awakening life through dreams and pushing life to sleep within reality. This provokes a discussion on social realities that one does not encounter openly in society.


Damitha Abeyratne - Rathi
( Won Sarasaviya Best Actress Award)

Linton Semage - Shanta
Jayani Senanayake - Violet



Throughout the time the Festival of Cinematica Del Uruguaya was the platform of diffusion between the fans of the Taviani, Wajda, Kieslowski, Zanussi, Tarkovskii, the Kaurismaki brothers. More recently at least three key names of the modern cinema: Theo Angelopoulos, Abbas Kiarostami, Aleksander Sokurov. And young people Argentine, Brazilian, Mexican film directors. Perhaps in XXI the Festival the one of a very young realist had to be gotten up to that list of revelations; Enokaa Sathyangani, from Sri Lanka who had obtained recognition in Asian festivals, had to be gotten up to the above list. In her talented premium Sulang Kirilli (The Wind Bird); reveals the oppression of a woman as a poetic fantasy liberation. - XX1 International film festival of Cinemativa del Uruguay in Latin America (Official announcement / The revelation of the year - 2003)


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