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Nanda Naga: A Story of Women’s Courage and Sacrifice

Nanda Naga: A Story of Women’s Courage and Sacrifice

An action spectacle built around true story of female warriors fighting for their lands – the battle for Sri Lanka

In the early years of the 20th century, a young woman’s name was Nanda Naga. Known as the “Queen Among Women,” she challenged the British, and in so doing, became the first woman to receive honours from the British colonial government of Ceylon. She helped in the defense of the island’s war with the Dutch in the First World War. As a leader in women’s rights, she was later imprisoned at the Central Criminal Court.

From this account, Sri Lanka emerges as a young nation embroiled in its first war with a colonial power, and Nanda Naga takes centre stage.

In the early years of the 20th century, a young woman’s name was Nanda Naga. Known as the “Queen Among Women,” she challenged the British. As a leader in women’s rights, she was later imprisoned at the Central Criminal Court.

In this narrative, we follow Nanda Naga as she fights to liberate Sri Lankan women from colonial rule. Her life is told in an action-packed story of women’s courage and sacrifice by award-winning filmmaker Veena Nanayakkara.

The film was originally conceived as a short film which took up to 24 hours to shoot; it was re-edited into a film of over two hours long.

After the film was completed, Nanayakkara travelled through Europe and found inspiration from the stories she heard and the women she met. She returned to Sri Lanka and with the help of her husband, took up the project again.

The film has received several awards, including Best Film, Best Writer, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Director and Best Actress. It has also been showcased and broadcast at prestigious film festivals such as International Film Festival of Kerala, Delhi International Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival.

As a part of the Sri Lanka campaign for

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