"Thattu Deke Iskole" A Sri Lankan movie with English subtitles.
This movie screening is part of the Fundraising event for the "SriLankaNZ" community newspaper (Only Sri Lankan community newspaper in New Zealand)
The film highlights the importance of being close to nature and the close relationship between children and trees.
Revolving around a bond between a tamarind tree and a group of children, the film features how a tree could be a close companion of human beings.
“At a time we talk about climate change and the importance of reforestation, what I wanted to do in this film was to give back nature what I have learnt and I was given by nature as a child,” says Lalith Rohitha Edirisinghe speaking about his debut effort in cinema.
“I have travelled around the world and discovered so many new experiences. I also have enjoyed a reasonably comfortable life but I have nothing that could be compared to the childhood joys I have experienced back in my home in a remote village called Unagolla off Nikaweratiya.
Director Edirisinghe has attempted to combine many of his childhood experiences related to trees, nature and lakes in “Thattu Deke Iskole”, a semi-biopic film.
“The story of the film is woven around a tamarind trees and at the location we had two tamarind trees. All the children who played in the film became so close to these two trees parting from them was so emotional and they worshiped the two tree in tears when they were leaving the location,” Lalith said stressing the bond that nature could have with people.
“I honestly wanted to share some of my childhood experiences in this film. I know if I am genuine with what I show to my audience, there will be real cinema,” he added.
Set in a remote village ‘Suriyapaluwa’, which was devastated by a malaria epidemic, there is a school that is on the verge of closing down. The school watcher, an elderly Pala tries his hardest to preven the school being closed and thereby get the children in the village be educated. Pala loves children and he has become a major part of their lives.
The favourite place of the children is the tamarind tree where they meet Uncle Pala.