The Single Tumbler

Sivamohan Sumathy / Sri Lanka



FILMIN (online)
From October 28th to November 14th


Director: Sivamohan Sumathy
Year: 2020
Duration: 74’
Language: VOSE | VOSC
Genre: Drama


The war between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the tamil Tigers separatist group is over. Lalitha returns to Sri Lanka, to the family she left behind during a time of huge turbulences. The memories are harsh and bitter. The Single Tumbler is an inward look, an empathic look at the tamil society in northern Sri Lanka, at a time of identity crisis. It is a society internally divided by class, gender and ethnic beliefs.The director ponders ideas about family, community and nation, without avoiding her implication. This leads her to remember the postwar period in her country, tormented by its past.


Sumathy Sivamohan is an English professor at the Department of English at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Her academic and research tasks are centered in ambits of gender, dispossession, displacement and the tension question of the nation, Sri Lanka’s literature, translation and interpretation, and cinematographic studies. She has specialized in critical theory, comparative literature, and film studies. Awarded as a filmmaker, performer and playwright, poet and academic, her work emphasizes colloquial language, form and style, as well as other aspects of applied linguistics. In 2011 she received the Premchand scholarship from the Sahithya Akademy of India and is an activist for the cause of free education in Sri Lanka.