In 1814, a year before the British colonised Sri Lanka, Tikiri’s husband and other Buddhist nobles try to oust the Tamil king. When this fails, the rebels’ wives are punished. Tikiri is forced to marry Vijaya, a man from the lowest caste. He fails to get her to participate in the rituals of his beggar people, which leads to the clan elder banishing the couple. Far from their communities, they cautiously establish a relationship, but this is interrupted when the Buddhists, this time with British help, manage to depose the king and Tikiri’s meeting with her former husband endangers Vijaya’s people.
World premiere at Busan International Film Festival, Screened at International Film Festival of Rotterdam