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Gifts and Visions

The practice of Eye Donation in Sri Lanka

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Once every year the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society hosts a national eye donation day. In the course of the day, members of the public come forward to pledge that after their death their corneas may be used to bring sight to others.   ‘Gifts and Visions’ is a documentary about the 2013 event. The film records what happened on the day. It also records interviews with staff at the Eye Donation society as well as those attending the day to make their pledge. The conversations that make up the film reveal the distinctive cultural, political and religious meanings given to the practice of eye donation in Sri Lanka.

The documentary was made by Waruni Chandrasena, an independent film-maker, in collaboration with Professor Bob Simpson (Department of Anthropology, University of Durham UK) who is carrying out research into human tissue donation in Sri Lanka.

Duration 88 mins. | 2014 | Country of production: U.K.

Script: Waruni Anuruddhika

Director: Waruni Anuruddhika

Director of Photgraphy: Waruni Anuruddhika

Editor and Sound Recordist: Dileepa Jayakody

Subtitled: Sanka Malwattha

Subtitle Translator: Mark Shubert

Camera Assistant: Chamath Hasanka

Camera Equipment supplied: Chamath Hasanka

Advisor: Jagath Bandara Pathirage

Produced by: Bob Simpson


11th of December 2014 – ICES (International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo 08)

27th of November 2014 – SLIDS (Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society, Colombo 07)