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Post-Independence Sinhala Films: Milestones of Social Change in Sri Lanka

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The birth of the Sinhala film industry coincided with Ceylonese independence. From the 16th century onwards, Ceylon had seen successive invasions and colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. Independence was finally attained with the departure of the British, in early 1948. It thus seems telling that the first Sinhala movie, Kadawuna Poronduwa (Broken Promise), was released in 1947. The objective of this paper is to portray how Sinhala cinema depicts the various socio-political developments which Sri Lanka has undergone in the post-independence period.
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Keywords: Kadawuna Poronduwa; colonialism; independence; nationalism; political history

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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