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Rajee Samarasinghe

Rajee Samarasinghe

Rajee Samarasinghe

Rajee Samarasinghe is a filmmaker born and raised in Sri Lanka. His work tackles contemporary sociopolitical conditions in Sri Lanka through the scope of his own identity and the deconstruction of ethnographic practices. Rajee received his BFA from UCSD and his MFA from CalArts. He is currently working on his debut feature, Your Touch Makes Others Invisible, inspired by his childhood experiences during the Sri Lankan civil war—the project received a Sundance Documentary Fund grant and was invited to Berlinale Talents' Doc Station.

Rajee's work has been exhibited at venues internationally including the Tiger Short Competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center & MoMA, FIDMarseille, BFI London Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Slamdance Film Festival, SFFILM Festival, Media City Film Festival, CROSSROADS at SFMOMA, REDCAT, Message to Man etc. He's received the “Tíos Award for Best International Film” at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the “Film House Award for visionary filmmaking” at the Athens International Film + Video Festival among others. In 2015, he was invited by Harvard University to participate in their Critical Media Practice workshop and, in 2020, he participated in True/False Film Festival’s inaugural PRISM program.

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