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Lotus-Eyed Girl

Directed by Rajee Samarasinghe

Loosely based on the erotic poem “Caurapañcāśikā” by Bilhana, which was written in prison upon discovery of the poet’s clandestine affair with Princess Yaminipurnatilaka. The verses were written while awaiting judgment, not knowing if he was to be executed or exiled—his fate is unknown. “Lotus-Eyed Girl” ruminates on the curious and fractured intersections of death, desire, and class. Fading family photographs (from an uncle’s funeral to my mother on her wedding day), pomegranate arils, pulsating floral mandalas, and horror atmospherics culminate into an ecstatic collision of death and longing—echoing devastations of the past. Through principles of psychogeography, the systems of power that shape identity and desire, in the way that colonialism has altered human perception, are examined in an undulating and capricious form.

Writer: Rajee Samarasinghe
Producer: Rajee Samarasinghe
Executive Producer: Rajee Samarasinghe
Director of Photography: Rajee Samarasinghe
Editor: Rajee Samarasinghe
Production Designer: Rajee Samarasinghe
Composer: Rajee Samarasinghe
Sound Designer: Rajee Samarasinghe
Music: Rajee Samarasinghe

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Regal L.A. LIVE

Sat, May 13
9:30 pm