We, Kaiya Collective practice, support and promote a constructive model of third way filmmaking that obsessively seek missing images that are capable of igniting new imagery and desire for experiment in the society we live in.
Our primary aim is driven by the urgency to create a true impact on the socio-political landscape through the novel aesthetic of cinema based on minimalism, and create an artistic language that can be influenced by the local and international communities.
Kaiya Collective works with filmmakers, producers, professionals, students and creative people who explore the language of cinema in their respective fields of Art.
We activate through different formats such as experimental film productions, documentaries, workshops, artist-residencies and such likes.
Kaiya - in sinhala කයිය - means a gathering of people for co-operative work in order to achieve a common goal. In colloquial terms the word Kaiya is also used to express the idea of aimless big talks with no results. It was a conscious decision to name us as
Kaiya Collective, with the ultimate intention of make our big creative talks a reality.
Kaiya Collective is founded by Suranga Katugampala. It was officially launched in 2020.
Suranga D. Katugampala
Suranga D. Katugampala grew up in two different countries (Sri Lanka, Italy), cultivating the desire to see the world from other points of view. He fell in love with auteur cinema and since he graduated in multimedia studies he started to experiment with video and photography. His point of view “from the bottom” brought him to create art on small resources, in a minimalistic way, as he proved with his debut feature film For a son.
Graduated in Cinema History with a thesis on Djibril Diop Mambéty, after a long experience in project development in the Italian film production company Lumière & co, Simona Cella worked at the African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival in Milan (Festival del cinema Africano d’Asia e America Latina) from 2008 to 2015.
She is co-curator of the book Djibril Diop Mambéty and the journey of the hyena, with a preface by Martin Scorsese (Harmattan Editions). Today she is working on movie screenplays and she writes about African Cinema on many specialized magazine.