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Walls Within

Walls Within


by Prasanna Vithanage

Sri Lanka


Walls Within

Director: Prasanna Vithanage

Screnplay: Tony Ranasingha

Cinematographer: Suminda 

Editor: Lal Piyasena

Sound: Lionel Gunaratne

Music: Harsha Makalanda

Cast: Nita Fernando, Damayanthi Fonseka, Edward Gunawardhana, Chandra Kaluarachchi, Mahendra Perera, Tony Ranasinghe, Roger Seneviratne, Sangeetha Weeraratne

Production: Nita Fernando

Year: 1997

DCP, Color, 84 min, OV Cinghalese with English and French electronic subtitles


Sri Lanka, in the 1950s. Violet, a middle-aged woman, has raised two daughters alone in the walled city of Galle Fort. One is married and one engaged, and she seeks to get them settled. The reappearance of her lost first love Victor, makes her wonder if she might also be happy; but when she begins to live according to her heart's desires, it seems as if everything in her society is against her. She becomes more and more oppressed by established social forces and religious and psychological pressures make her life impossible.
“When I directed this movie, I wondered if I could imagine my mother as a human being in her own right” states Vithanage concerning this incredible movie, which depicts society’s and Christian religion’s restrictions on a woman’s desires and freewill.

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