Film: Don’t think of me as a woman, an election story from the margins

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 ambitions, 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 4,400 elected local government representatives in Sri Lanka today, and only 3 of them are Muslim.

The film was directed by Chulani Kodikara (ICES) and Velayudan Jayachithra (WMC)

Produced by International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) in collaboration with Women and Media Collective (WMC) and Organization for Visual Progression