25/5 — 1/6/2022
62nd International Film Festival
for Children and Youth

About film


Section: International competition of feature films for children

The Singing Pond (2014) 6

Sri Lanka | 2014 | 120 min.

When a piano is delivered to the primary school of a remote little village in Sri Lanka, the children have no idea what it is and their impassive headmaster locks it away, warning that there's a ferocious dragon inside. One boy steals the key to the room and the children discover that the headmaster had lied to them. A few days later a new teacher arrives at the school. She shows the kids that the mysterious black box makes music. They also learn that curiosity is not a bad trait and that curiosity is what shapes their dreams. One day, in school, the little blind girl Upuli shares her unseen dream with her friends.

CountrySri Lanka
Duration120 min
SubtitleEnglish, simul. translation cz
Directed by Indika Ferdinando
Screenplay Indika Ferdinando
Director of Photography Channa Deshapriya
Music Dinesh Subasinghe
Edited by Thissa Surendra
Contact Yashodhara Liyanaarachchi


Indika Ferdinando is a theatre and film director from Sri Lanka. He graduated from drama and theater at the University of Kelaniya and later studied the methods of Sinhalese exorcism rituals. He's taught at the University of Kelaniya and at the University of the Visual & Performing Arts in Colombo. He's mainly engaged in theater playwriting and directing. He is the author of more than a dozen theater plays. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.