Don’t think of me as a woman: An election story from the margins

A film by Chulani Kodikara and Jayachithra Velayudan

Approx 20 minutes, January 2014

This film documents the electoral struggle of Aynoon Beebi, a 39-year old Muslim woman from Kinniya, in Trincomalee, at the 2011 local government elections. While celebrating Aynoon’s political aspirations, the film explores the ways in which she challenges mechanisms of power and dominance that are naturalised within her community and political party structures. Women account for a mere 2 per cent of over 4400 elected local government representatives in Sri Lanka today, and only 3 of them are Muslim women.