I Am Kannagi

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I Am Kannagi tells a story within a story – connecting the 2000-year-old story of Goddess Kannagi’s flight into exile with contemporary experiences of forced migration. Kannagi was forced from her home by the misdeeds of her husband, yet passionately defends him against injustice in their chosen homeland. A young Sri Lankan Tamil women seeking asylum in Sydney, must find her own voice as she struggles to navigate the complexities of marriage and the rules of the detention system.

I Am Kannagi, 13mins 40secs, 2020


Rubi Balasingam
Shayan Rajendram
Nicholas Hope
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
Srisha Sritharan
Radha La Bia
Kavitha Vetriselvan
Joanna Frank
Ramesh Nithiyendran

A film by Zanny Begg, Creative Producer Jiva Parthipan, Producer Bhavna Lalwani

Cinematography by Ella Gibbens, Score by James Brown, Sound design by Liam Egan, Singing by Srisha Sritharan.

Casting by Fiona Dann, First AD Rishi Montgomery, Second AD Tiansong Ling, Gaffa Nathan Grant and Richard Mason, 1st Camera Assistant Dane Howell, 2nd camera Assistant Justin Chau, Art Direction Zanny Begg, Grace Partridge,  Costumes Vishnugar Arunasalam, Make up Shahmen Suku, Sound Luke Stacey, Colourist Yanni Kronenberg.

With thanks to RJ Yalavan, Karthika Ganeson YAARL , Old Parramatta Goal, Elise Mcleod, YSA Arumugam, Eelan Elangovan , Sri Sritharan, Sujan Selven, Nina Miall, Kesiken Decor, Chamu Kuppuswamy, Nedra Rodrigo, Viji Dhayanathan

Funded by Australia Council for the Arts and STARTTS Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (NSW):

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