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Original name: Munnel
English name: Sand
Year: 2023
Run time: 102 Min
Language: Tamil
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Sri Lanka
Director: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
Producers: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
Cast: Sivakumar Lingeswaran, Kamala Sri Mohan Kumar, Thurkka Magendran, Gowtham Sharma
Screenplay: Visakesa Chandrasekaram
Cinematographer: Rishi Selvam
Editor: Sithum Samarajeewa
Sound Designer: Aruna Kaluarachchi
Music Composer: Pathmayan Sivananthan
Production Company: Havelock Arts Studios
World Sales: Visakesa Chandrasekaram


  • IFF Rotterdam 2023
  • Tasveer FF of Seattle 2023
  • Sydney FF 2023
  • Durban IFF 2023
  • Melbourne IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2014 Frangipani
  • 2018 Earth

Director's Biography:


: Visakesa Chandrasekaram is a lawyer, academic and a filmmaker. He has made three feature films: Frangipani (2014) which won the Best International Film Award in 2015 Rio LGBT FF; Earth (2018) which won the Jury Award of 2019 Religions Today FF, and Sand (2023) which won 2023 Tiger Jury Award at IFF Rotterdam. He was a Jury member of 2023 Sydney FF. He currently works as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law in University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Rudran, an ex-Tamil militant returns home from military detention, looking for his lover Vaani who had disappeared during the war. Rudran’s mother, Sellamma who is gifted with a ‘boon’ of soothsaying, tells the locals whether their kith and kin are alive or dead, but she refuses to say the same about Vaani. While men and women defeated in the war find solace in massive Hindu temples, Rudran initially refuses to pray, but later in an act of desperation, he joins a month-long pilgrimage seeking help from God Ayyappa, hoping to unite with his lover.