Director: Christopher Hewitt & Cassie Machado
Production Company: Knucklehead
Duration: 7 min
The title of the film, taken from the title of a poem by Cheran means Trauma in English but in Tamil and Sinhalese the word more specifically denotes a complex trauma resulting from war. The film portrays a Sri Lankan dancer who was abducted and tortured by the Sri Lankan security forces after the end of the war in 2009. The type of dance used is called Bharatanatayam, a form of Indian classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. This is a particular dance belonging to Lord Shiva who is one of the main Gods in Hinduism. According to myth, he performs this dance when he furiously fights against evil, destroying injustices and establishing peace in the world.