Bawa's Garden is a road movie in search of the work of renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. The film follows a protagonist scouring the island for the ‘lost’ garden of Lunuganga. Finding the treasure might be the goal, yet her search is the catalyst for encounters with a series of characters and rarely-visited buildings that reveal the story of Bawa’s life and work. Shot across Sri Lanka, this experimental documentary weaves dreamlike narratives with real life characters intrinsic to the output of this renowned 20th-century architect. This alternative docudrama is tantamount to the eclectic and quietly moving work of Bawa’s buildings and gardens, and the collaborators that influenced his oeuvre.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Clara Kraft Isono
Other events in the series:
Thursday 6 July: Architecture shorts with Jim Stephenson
Tuesday 11 July: Radical Landscapes (2022) with director Q&A
Image: © Clara Kraft Isono
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