Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara turns a lens on life and death through a trio of very different men in the philosophical Dark in the White Light.
A young man turns to Buddhism for spiritual enlightenment to stave off mortality and become a healer. A greedy doctor (played by APSA Academy member Mahendra Perera) runs an unscrupulous trade in human organs, sold by the desperate and bought by the fearful. And then there is the
surgeon – a lifeline to the sick and dying by day, at night he prowls the streets, giving himself over to pleasure and pain, brutally raping women and indulging his inner Mister Hyde.
Recently in main competition at the Locarno International Film Festival, Jayasundara’s film explores the mindset of the people who live in the shadow of death.