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Sri Lanka, the castaways of the tsunami

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Sri Lanka, les naufragés du tsunami

Sri Lanka, the castaways of the tsunami

by Milka Assaf

Sri Lanka, France


Sri Lanka, les naufragés du tsunami

Director: Milka Assaf

Script: Frédéric Dumas, Milka Assaf

Cinematographer: P. Chesneau

Editing: M. Didierjean

Sound: T. Perlmutter

Sound Mix: C. Depinho

Music: Ravi Shankar

Arte G.E.I.E.
Coup d’oeil
3 rue du banquier
75013 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2005

DVD, Colour, 52 min
OV with French Subtitles


On 24th December 2004, a powerful earth quake caused a tsunami which ravaged all the countries on the Indian Ocean, killing hundreds of thousands of people. In Sri Lanka, more than 30 000 people died and about 500 000 people lost their home and had to move. On the western coast, the second wave destroyed everything. Within a few seconds, all the houses collapsed like a house of cards and all the fishermen's boats were smashed. Six months after the tsunami, the marks of the disaster can be seen everywhere. Communal graves are aligned alongside the sea. Horror is still engraved on people's memory.

With an intimate and sensitive approach, the film follows men, women and children who have been deeply afflicted by the tsunami, and share their individual and collective venture. Some have given up, while others have decided to react. With the help of western associations, they have started to reconstruct, most of the time with very little means, but always with determination.


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