Funny Boy (2020)

  • Drama
  • 1h 49m

Shot on location and set in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 80s, Funny Boy explores the awakening of sexual identity by a young boy named Arjie set against the backdrop of the civil war. As political tensions escalate to a boiling point between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalese, the boy comes of age in a society and family that refuses to embrace differences outside of societal norms. The film mirrors the oppression of the Tamil people with the marginalization Arjie suffers because of who he is and who he loves. Funny Boy chronicles a country torn apart by fear and abuse of power, while Arjie’s struggles to find balance and self-love despite the absence of empathy and understanding.

Director

Deepa Mehta

Producer

David Hamilton

Director of Photography

Douglas Koch

Film Editor

Teresa Font

Music

Howard Shore

Languages

Tamil, English, Sinhala

Country

Canada

Studios

Hamilton Mehta Productions Inc, Noble Nomad Pictures Inc