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:TBD
  • Screening Time / Venue:TBD
  • Links: Website

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Official Selection 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 26 June, 2020

Official Selection for Still Voices Short Film Festival 2020 Online Announced.

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Cruinniú na nÓg 2020

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 03 June, 2020

Online Events for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020.

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2020 Submissions Closed

  • Ronan O'Toole
  • 01 June, 2020

Submission deadline for 2020 has now passed.


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