A recent Sri Lankan immigrant begins another day at her job stacking shelves at the local supermarket. With her limited grasp of English, she struggles to understand or be understood by colleagues and customers alike.
Recent immigrant from Sri Lanka, 56-year-old Perianayaki’s day begins as it does every day - at her dead-end job stacking shelves at the local supermarket. As a result of her inability to speak English, she struggles to fit in and build meaningful relationships.Today, on her wedding anniversary, Perianayaki is forced to reconcile with the bittersweet realities of her life.
Perianayaki is a slice of life character study that provokes audiences to pause, take notice, and rethink their assumptions about immigrants, particularly those in the service industry who are often rendered invisible.
2022: Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival – NZ’s Best Competition, Winner Flicks Award for Best Short Film, NZ’s Best Audience Award, Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award (Bala Murali Shingade), NZ’s Best Special Mention for Performance (Jeyagowri Sivakumaran), Melbourne International Film Festival, Show Me Shorts Film Festival, Dharamshala International Film Festival, Tasveer South Asian Film Festival Seattle, Goa Film Bazaar – Winner Film Bazaar Recommends Short Film Award / 2023: FIFO International Oceanian Documentary Film Festival, Tahiti
Screening format: DCP and Pro Res available In English & Tamil