Beddegama (film)

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Beddegama (The Village in the Jungle) is a 1980 Sinhalese language film directed by Lester James Peries that follows the lives of village people in British Colonial Sri Lanka.[1][2] The film is based on the 1913 book The Village in the Jungle by Leonard Woolf. Sir Arthur C. Clarke also has a minor role in the film as an English Judge.[3]

Directed byLester James Peries
Produced byP. Wilfred Perera
Written byA.J. Gunawarda
Lester James Peries
Story byLeonard Woolf
Based onThe Village in the Jungle
StarringMalini Fonseka
Joe Abeywickrama
Vijaya Kumaratunga
Music byNimal Mendis
CinematographyWillie Blake
Donald Karunaratna
Edited byGladwin Fernando
Release date
  • February 20, 1981 (1981-02-20) (Sri Lanka)
Running time
130 minutes
CountrySri Lanka


The lives of a poor family in a small village called Beddagama (literally, "The village in the jungle") as they struggle to survive the challenges presented by poverty, disease, superstition, the unsympathetic colonial system, and the jungle itself. The head of the family is a hunter named Silindu, who has two daughters named Punchi Menika and Hinnihami. After being manipulated by the village authorities and a debt collector, Silindu is put on trial for murder


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  1. ^ "The Village in the Jungle (Beddegama)" Lanka Newspapers. Retrieved 15 June 2014
  2. ^ "Sinhala screened films". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ "All about Beddegama". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 22 February 2020.

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