'The Last Phase', a documentary film depicting the true life story of a former female LTTE cadre during the final stages of the humanitarian operation was screened at a function held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo yesterday.
Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa graced the ceremony as the chief guest.
The 45 minute documentary revolves around the life of a former LTTE female cadre who grew up at 'Senchcholai', the LTTE run orphanage for Tamil children. 'Jayawadanee' was brought up in an environment that was deliberately planned to portray the other side as the necessary evil. She like many others grew up with guns around her. Though she was an exceptional student she was not allowed to pursue higher education. Instead she was made to join the terrorist outfit as a medical cadre.
Her ordeal during the final stages of the war left her with indelible scars. Her family bears witness to unspeakable acts of cruelty being committed upon people by the LTTE during the last stages of the war. In the final stages when they were trying to cross over to the army they get separated in a shell blast until they are reunited with the help of the security forces months later. Jayawadanee and her seven day old child both sustain serious injuries in the mortar blast directed at them by the LTTE in order to stop them from fleeing to safety.
Presented by Richard Mundy and Anjani Perera the documentary follows the life of the main character, Jayawadanee through her ordeals from childhood to the final moments of the war at the earth bund. The authenticity of the story is supported by actual footages of Senchcholai and the final stages of the war.