Women in Sri Lanka confront community expectations by learning to swim and, along the way, swimming becomes a way to float in life.

Director Bio

Saila Huusko is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. She recently directed READING NORTH for Al Jazeera’s Witness documentary strand, and co-directed the award-winning feature documentary MORONI FOR PRESIDENT, which had a national US broadcast on PBS’ America ReFramed by American Documentary/POV. Her journalism has been published by The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Narratively – among others. For three years, she was the in-house filmmaker for CMI, the conflict resolution NGO founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari. Originally from Finland, she has worked around the world, including in South Sudan and Afghanistan.


  • Directed by:Saila Huusko
  • Runtime:21 mins
  • Completion Date:December 31, 2019
  • Country of Origin:Finland
  • Country of Filming:Sri Lanka
  • Category:Non-Fiction
  • Selection:Programme 18
  • Screening Time / Venue:Sat AUG 15
    10AM - 10PM ONLINE
  • Links: Website

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call of the forest screening

Call of the Forest Screening

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 07 December, 2020

Still Voices Presents a Special Screening of Call of the Forest in partnership with Whose Woods These Are Tree Festival.

2020 award winners

Submissions for Still Voices 21 Now Open

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 October, 2020

Submissions for the Still Voices Short Film Festival 2021 are now open!

2020 award winners

2020 Award Winners Announced!

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 16 August, 2020

Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Award Winners Announced!


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