DHEEVARI (The Fisherman's Daughter)
Young Valli's father is denied his own boat by the powerful chief of his fishing village in Sri Lanka. Not to be cowed, he fashions his own out-rigger, but both he and his wife perish in it at sea. Years later, having outgrown her orphanage, Valli returns to the village to live with her aunt and uncle. While her uncle and other villagers are resigned to their dismal life under a feudal system, Valli, an outsider is shocked. She finds the inequities of life, especially the prejudices against women, intolerable. Inspired by her parents' courage and independence, she sets out to effect change.
Running Time: 124 mins | Language: Sinhalese dialogue with English subtitles
Director: Salinda Perera | Country: Sri Lanka | DIFF Section: The Cinema of Asia