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After the Gonagala massacre by the LTTE, the villagers are about to flee their village. The village monk persuades them to stay, with the support of a schoolteacher, who later manages to get the village guards trained by the military.
Ira Madiyama is set in Sri Lanka during the mid-1990s and tells three simultaneous stories against the backdrop of the country's savage civil war. Chamari ( is searching for her husband, a Sinhalese Sri Lankan Air Force pilot shot down in flight, whom she believes has been taken prisoner by the Tamil Tigers. Desperate to know the truth, she enlists a sympathetic journalist and sets out on a journey to track him down. Meanwhile, eleven-year-old Tamil Muslim Arfath is struggling to keep his companion and friend, a dog, while the family together with the entire village is forced to evacuate by a rebel army. The third narrative follows Duminda, a young soldier who walks into a brothel to find his sister among the working girls.Written by
The filmed events take place over two days as the director, Visanna Prathanage, took pains to inform the audience in an interview about the film. It looks at 3 separate lives, a Muslim family fleeing from the Tamil Tigers focusing mainly on a young boy and his dog. A Sinhalese woman whose fighter pilot husband crashed in the north of the island several months ago and was captured by the Tigers, now she is increasingly desperate to find him. Finally there is a young man who on a trip with friends to a brothel discovers that his sister is working there. Their paths cross casually at the end of the movie but not in any meaningful way as in 'Amores Perros'. Although the events that take place may have great significance in the lives of the characters the director fails to make us feel much sympathy for any of the three. Any political statement or anti-war sentiment is very much played down. There is some nice photography of Sri Lanka but apart from that there is little that stands out about the movie. Despite its awards I believe that if it had come from anywhere but Sri Lanka it would have been consigned to daytime viewing on some obscure TV satellite channel.
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