Sri Lankan American Identity
This documentary titled “Sri Lankan American Identity” is a film that delves into the dual identity of Sri Lankan American women. In addition to identity, topics such as assimilation, minority representation, and colorism are discussed.
My goal was to reveal common narratives shared by first-generation Sri Lankan American children. As a first generation Sri Lankan American myself, I deeply resonate with this project and sought to shed light on the complexities of dual identity through a cultural lens.
This film is my happy medium between dynamic visuals and documentary journalism. I conducted interviews and clipped them down to the overlapping themes amongst my interviewees. I directed the visuals towards Sri Lankan cultural elements, such as the tea ceremony, and purposefully chose a color palette that corresponds to popular sari colors worn amongst Sri Lankan women.
I interviewed, filmed, directed, and edited the video myself. I would like to thank Avishka Jayasekara, Seshmila Jay, and Anika Perera for their vulnerability and for relaying their personal experiences with me.
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