colonial system, and the jungle itself. The head of the family is a farmer named Silindu. After being manipulated by the village authorities and a debt collector, he is put on trial for murder.
The film was based on the novel of the same name by Leonard Woolf . Published in 1913, that was based on his experiences as a colonial civil servant in British-controlled Ceylon (now Sri Lanka ) in the early years of the 20th century. It was ground-breaking in being written from the native rather than the colonial point of view . In the film, Woolf is portrayed by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke (who first visited the country in 1954) and the court scenes were shot in the actual courtroom where Woolf presided in his working life.
Sri Lanka : 120mins : 1980 : Part Subtitled : Certificate ‘PG’
Directed by Lester James Peries