The pre-conference to the Annual Conference on South Asia was held in Madison WI on Thursday, October 11, 2012.  It featured the most recent manifestations of a film movement called the “third revolution”, whose concerns have revolved around the socio-political transformations brought about by three decades of civil war.

Shadows of Silence


1:00-1:05 Introduction by Jeanne Marecek (Swarthmore College)
1:05-1:20 Opening Remarks by Nalin Jayasena (Miami University)
1:20-1:35 Pradeepan Ravindran, A Mango Tree in the Front Yard (11 min.)
Set in war-ravaged Sri Lanka and filmed in South India, this short film centers on a group of Tamil schoolchildren for whom violence is an everyday reality.
1:35-1:45 Pradeepan Raveendran, Shadows of Silence (11 min.)
A middle-aged Tamil man living in exile with his young family contemplates numerous ways to commit suicide.
1:45-2:00 Suba Sivakumaran, I Too Have a Name (12 min.)
2:00-2:30 A Conversation with Suba Sivakumaran.
2:30-3:00 Tea Break
Flying Fish
3:00-5:10 Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, Flying Fish (125 min.)Shot in a seemingly idyllic village by first-time director Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, this startlingly assured film follows three interwoven stories (two Sinhala and one Tamil) involving forbidden love and ethnic tension. The languid pace of the villagers belies the hostility that has built over a quarter century of warfare.
5:15-6:30 Roundtable Discussion (Neloufer de Mel, Suba Sivakumaran, Nalin Jayasena)
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