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Bambaru Avith (1977)

Set in a fishing village named Kalpitiya, explores tradition and exploitation because of capitalism in this small village.


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Credited cast:
Joe Abeywickrama Joe Abeywickrama ... Anton
Wimal Kumara de Costa Wimal Kumara de Costa ... Socialist
Ruby de Mel Ruby de Mel ... Helen's mother
Malini Fonseka Malini Fonseka ... Helen
Amarasiri Kalansooriya Amarasiri Kalansooriya
Vijaya Kumaratunga Vijaya Kumaratunga ... Victor
Daya Tennekoon Daya Tennekoon
Cyril Wickramage Cyril Wickramage


A story about the clash between urban entrepreneurs and local fishermen in Kalpitiya, a fishing village in Sri Lanka. The urbanites bring a business ethic of their own, with capitalistic tendencies; the local patriarch, Anton (Joe Abeywickrama) clashes with the urbanites, headed by Victor (Vijay Kumaratunge). When Victor gets involved with a local girl, tensions rise in the village, climaxing to a series of violent events. Written by Thivanka Rukshan Perera

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23 April 2003 (Singapore) See more »

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The Wasps Are Here See more »

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4th in the 10 best films selected by critics at the Presidential Awards Film Festival celebrating 50 years of Sri Lankan cinema. See more »

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7 February 2006 | by Devaka-JayasuriyaSee all my reviews

Bambaru Avith ( The Wasps are here ) is the third narrative film of Dharmasena Pathiraja which was made in 1978. This film announces unequivocally his dedication to fashioning a cinema that is socially committed , that does not shy away from the troublesome issues of the time . A sense of freedom and true spirit pervades the movie which has the effect of unsettling and subverting some of the cherished beliefs of society .

in 1980, Pathiraja made Paara Dige ( Along the road) , based on a short story by the hugely gifted but unfortunately under-recognized short story writer Ajit Tilakasena . Here , he sought to open up a cinematic space in which the predicament of the reascended younger generation that migrates from the rural areas to the city in search of a better life . Another memorable film by Dharmasena Pathiraja is Soldadu Unnahe ( Mr. Soldier.) made in 1981. Devaka S. Jayasuriya 90, Old Kesbawa Road Nugegoda Srilanka.

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