For over a year, with delays due to the pandemic, I worked closely with Kandygs Handlooms to bring their origin story to life through a short stop motion animation. As a childhood friend of the Kandygs grandchildren, this project was extremely special and close to home. All the props and puppets were built by a skilled team at the Kandygs factory using handloom fabrics, then filmed frame-by-frame at my animation studio at home. The voices are narrated by the 12 grandchildren of the founders, Mr. Felix and Mrs. Sita Yahampath.

In this short animated film, marine biologist and ocean educator Asha de Vos talks about the giant blue whale skeleton that inspired her as a child, and the challenges of being a South Asian woman in science.
In this short film, architect Amila de Mel talks about one of her most challenging projects to date – the relocation of the home of renowned artist Ena de Silva from Colombo to Lunuganga in Bentota.
In this short animated interview, beloved children’s author and illustrator Sybil Wettasinghe recalls her childhood in the village and the inspiration behind her award winning children’s book, Kuda Hora or Umbrella Thief.
83 – A Very Short Film is an animation by Irushi Tennekoon, Sumudu Athukorala and Sumedha Kelegama. It tells the story of a man who is haunted by the memories of his involvement in the Black July riots of 1983. ’83 won Best Animated Film at the Agenda14 Short Film Festival in 2016 and has been screened at the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka. The film is also currently part of NYU Abu Dhabi’s MENASA Film and New Media syllabus.

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