Flying with One Wing

Directed by Asoka Handagama

A married man works as a mechanic in a small Sri Lankan town. His secret, known to none but his wife, is that he is actually a woman. One day an accident causes his real gender to be discovered, setting off a chain of events which will change his life forever. Handagama (This Is My Moon) is probably the most talented filmmaker working in Sri Lanka’s emerging film industry. This subversive film, originally banned domestically, satirises homophobia and sexual bigotry while serving as a brutal indictment of the sexual harassment experienced by working Sri Lankan women. This is an ironic but touching film which uses deadpan humour to celebrate difference in a cruel, conservative society. Its original approach to gender role(-bending), far from the queer politics of the west, makes Flying With One Wing a compelling and unprecedented film. Best Asian Film – Tokyo International Film Festival 2002 Playing with: Roundabout (Dir: Rachel Griffiths, Australia, 2001, 35mm, 16min)

81 minutes

Country of origin:
Sri Lanka

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