My Life as a Cowboy

Boodee Keerthisena

Synopsis

This film is a documentary on the lives of people living on either side of the railway tracks. These low-income communities are now vanishing as Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is fast developing into high rises and posh neighbourhoods. The railway communities are comprised of families who came to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, from village areas to restart their lives in the city. Some families have lived for several generations spanning hundred years. In the film they recall their stories and how they live with the train that crosses their lives every day. The film looks at the younger generation living in the community and their dreams.

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Vishvanath Buddhika Keerthisena is also known as Boodee Keerthisena is an artist who started his artistic world with drawing comics. Quietly he moved into painting, dress designing and visual arts and into music in the late 80s.

In 1987 went to New York to find a place to study film. After a year in Adelphi University in Long Island, went to study at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan in New York City. Since he got back to Sri Lanka in 1995, he has been directing and producing over 100 TV commercials, more than 30 documentaries, Two TV series and many music videos.