A dreamy science documentary by Camille Ghekiere and Charlotte de Cort

Together with a Belgian research team, Kushlani Dissanayake, a young Sri Lankan scientist and mother, goes on an expedition in the waters around Sri Lanka in order to collect crucial information to protect these coral reefs from perishing. Gathering DNA-samples of corals, she tries to uncover the distribution patterns of the coral populations and their larvae. Through the professional endeavour and personal story of Kushlani, we discover the deep waters around Sri Lanka, as well as her view on motherhood, human kind and a theory on ‘the survival of the kindest’.


Directed by Camille Ghekiere and Charlotte De Cort
Producers - Mark Daems, Nina Payrhuber
DOP - Fabrice Parent
Editor - Jasper Flikschuh
Sound design - Yves De Mey
Colour grading - Olivier Ogneux
Music - Pieter Van Dessel

Awards & festivals

Docville, Documentary Festival Leuven, Belgium, 2024

Production details

Duration: 20'
In co-production with Docville & VRT
With the support of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Department of Economy, Science & Innovation, Sabam for Culture, the Tax Shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government through Flanders Tax Shelter, Pascal Decroos Fund for investigative journalism and Flow postproduction

Language: Sinhalese, English
Subtitles: English, Dutch