Illama - Where Gems Sleep
Illama is the first part of a series in three parts.
Sri Lanka is not only
the country where the tsunami hit, or the country with the civil war. It's an island with a halo of adventures. It has had various colourful names, such as Serendib and Ceylon.
Along the coast, in the highlands and the jungle there are many unknown wonders, which are about to be shown to us by director and actor Felix Premawardhana. With him we travel in legal and illicit mines, visit a gem museum where we wonder a sapphire of 42 kilos, and participate in a ceremony whereat gods
are invited to help miners and where the demons are driven to the river.
This ceremony has not been seen by an European before.
Sri Lanka 2009