Kannan Arunasalam

Kannan Arunasalam (b. 1972, Jaffna, Sri Lanka) is a filmmaker who uses documentary, photography, and multimedia forms of storytelling. He possesses extensive experience of working in media restrictive, conflict and post-conflict environments, during which he conceptualized and developed award-winning documentary and new media narrative projects.

Arunasalam studied psychology at the University of Cambridge; and International Human Rights at the University of Oxford, UK.

Kannan Arunasalam currently lives and works in Colombo, Sri Lanka.




'Kerosene' opens a filmic window onto the lives of dedicated mechanics and publishers in Jaffna, with their ingenious strategies of survival. In this short documentary, the automobile and the printing press become instruments of endurance, machines that persist through humanity’s greed and neglect. As engines are reconfigured to run on cooking oil and ink is cajoled onto exercise paper, Arunasalam’s emotively framed lens carefully pans in and out of focus, caressing objects and people, giving an everyday perspective to a memory of conflict that persists still today.

Saturday, 5 November, 2016

Theme: Materiality