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The Lamp of Truth

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The Lamp of Truth
The Lamp of Truth
Directed byThanesh Gopal
Produced byWhite Conch Studios
Written byThanesh Gopal
StarringT. Varatharajah
Das Moorthy

Music byJithin K. Roshan
CinematographyKris A. Chandar
Edited byR.G. Anand
Running time
90 minutes
LanguageTamil, English

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The Lamp of Truth is a 2019 Canadian drama film written and directed by Thanesh Gopal. The film is based on the real events happened during the final stages of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The story revolved around a doctor who was serving in the war zone. The doctor remained in the war zone despite the orders from the military and the government to leave. He too became injured and was taken into custody, alleging he was helping the rebels.[1] He was released on strict conditions after downplaying the war casualty figures. He fled Sri Lanka and now reside in USA.


In the height of Sri Lankan Civil War, more than three hundred thousand innocent civilians were trapped in the war zone[2]. There were only a handful of doctors to treat the thousands of injured civilians. Dr.Varatharajah Thurairajah, the director of health services of the region, was one of those doctors. All medical personnel from the war zone were ordered to vacate the area. However, Dr. Varatharajah defied the order of the health ministry saying that he would not leave the region abandoning the thousands of injured civilians. He struggled to treat the patients with the very limited medical supplies. As the war progressed, the hospitals were also came under artillery fire[3]. Risking his own life, he continued to serve the people. Eventually, he too was injured and was taken into military custody[4] . He eventually flee the country to USA and became an important witness in the United Nations war crime investigations.


  • Best Documentary Feature Film, Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards in July, 2019|[5]
  • Best Documentary Feature Film, Toronto Tamil Film Festival in August, 2019|[6]
  • Official Selection, International Film Festival of India in Dec 2020
  • ICFT-UNESCO GANDHI MEDAL Nominee, International Film Festival of India in Dec 2020


  1. "doctors who braved bombs srilanka imprisoned | Independent UK". www.independent.co.uk. Oct 23, 2011.
  2. "Sri Lanka: conditions unstable for civilians trapped in conflict | UN News". www.news.un.org. Mar 25, 2009.
  3. "Artillery attack on hospital in Sri Lanka's war zone kills 9 patients | CBC News". www.cbc.ca. Feb 1, 2009.
  4. "U.N. worried about "heroic" Sri Lankan doctors' fate | REUTERS". www.reuters.com. May 18, 2009.
  5. "NTFF 2019: The Winners of Feature film, Short film, Music Video, Official Selection, Tamil Diaspora | NTFF". www.ntff.no. May 6, 2019.
  6. "CONGRATULATIONS AWARD WINNERS | TTFF". www.ttff.ca. Aug 1, 2019.

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Category:2020 films Category:Canadian films Category:Sri Lankan films Category:Tamil-language films

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