the first feature length Sri Lankan movie made in U.S.A.
Yal Devi, the first feature length motion picture directed and produced by Sri Lankan expatriates in the USA will premier in Los Angeles on March 21st. Directed by Dr. Sumedha Jayasena and Bhadraji Mahinda Jayathilaka, Yal Devi, a fictional love story, depicts how the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has spilled over to those settled in the United States. The movie shot in Los Angeles features an all Sri Lankan cast.
The train, "YAL DEVI" (the Queen of Jaffna), that used to connect the Northern and Southern cities of Sri Lanka is no longer running her full journey after she became a victim to a bomb blast carried out by the LTTE (one of the most ruthless terrorist groups in the world fighting for an independent Tamil Homeland within Sri Lanka). The fictional story depicts how the ethnic conflict, originated back in Sri Lanka, has spilled over to those settled in Los Angeles where a Sinhala chap. Manoj, fell in love with a tamil girl, Savithri. Savithri's family settled in the US after escaping the Sinhala-Tamil riots sprung in July 1983 in Sri Lanka. The initial sympathy extended towards LTTE by Savithri's father, Yoga, eventually became an economic drain to the family. However, Yoga who still holds the grudge against Sinhalese tries to manipulate the local LTTE supporters to shatter the relationship between Manoj and Savithri. Will he succeed? Most importantly, taking the story as a metaphor for the overall peace in Sri Lanka, will there be peace again in Sri Lanka for "YAL DEVI" to reunite the North and the South of this beautiful island nation?
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