Screening - CECIL’S JOURNEY

CECIL’S JOURNEY

Time

Date

Location

Admission

4:00pm

Thursday, October 6, 2011

CHITUNGWIZA - YOUNG AFRICA SKILLS CENTRE

FREE

Directed by
Rohan Fernando
Producer

Peter d'Entremont, Kent Martin

Country

Sri Lanka (2002)

Running time

Genre

54 mins

Documentary

Synopsis

Brought to you by the National Film Board of Canada. Rohan Fernando, a 26-year-old visual artist, leaves his home in Canada for a nine-week journey to Sri Lanka.  The purpose of the trip is to take photos that will serve as inspiration for future paintings.  Instead, it turns into a voyage of discovery in which he must confront the past he has all but forgotten, and in which long-buried family secrets are revealed.
As Rohan (whose parents called him Cecil after they immigrated) discovers the intricate web of family relations binding him to caste, family and country, deep-seated questions about his own identity and self-image emerge.
Set against the backdrop of vicious fighting in the civil war between Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lankan government forces, Cecil's Journey is an intensely personal film with universal resonance.  Informed by the perceptive eye Rohan has developed through his painting, this documentary challenges us to ask: What does it mean to be me?