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Tsunami on the screen, soon

The first ever film on tsunami, more correctly the first film on the life of a village and the villagers who were affected by the tsunami is ready for release, says film director Mario Jayathunga. The story revolves around a young girl named Samantha who has lost all her family members following the December 26 disaster, but is determined to face the future.

"The film is based on a true story and I was interested in doing a film on life after the tsunami. While I was on tour down South, looking for a suitable story, I came across Samantha from Telwatte, a village which was severely affected by the tsunami," said Jayathunga.

He said he was impressed by the determination of the girl who became a source of strength to her fellow inmates in the refugee camp. "It was surprising to know how the human mind could adjust to a situation, no matter how pathetic it may be," he said.

The girl with the help of her cousin and long time boy friend, who was in the Army, built her life from the ashes, but this is not an ordinary love story.

The girl's fiance appears as the only man who helped the girl and the other inmates in his capacity as a solider. There are many more interesting incidents in the film but Jayathunga did not wish to divulge more till the release of the film. What had affected the people here most was the attitude of some of the people.

"Most of them were from well-to-do fisher families and had lived a comfortable if not a luxurious life.

"Giving them ragged clothes and being at the mercy of many visitors had made them feel more miserable than ever.

"With the story ending on a happy note, I was trying to tell those the affected, even if they have lost every thing they possessed and those whom they loved, there is still hope.

"There is an important role we artistes can play to pass on this message of 'hope' and that was exactly what I did when directing the film".

Jayathunga also thanked the lady who sponsored the film, but wished to remain anonymous.

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