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Her latest film, “Funny Boy,” is similarly layered.

It’s about a young Tamil boy who realizes he’s gay amidst escalating political conflict in Sri Lanka, also where the film was shot.

Arush Nand as young Arjie in “Funny Boy.” (Courtesy of ARRAY)At the beginning of “Funny Boy,” 8-year-old Arjie (a sweet-faced Arush Nand) thinks nothing of playacting the bride in an imaginary wedding.

Arush Nand in “Funny Boy.” (Courtesy of ARRAY)I’ll confess to being outside this circle of knowledge upon first watch of this film.

What I take from “Funny Boy” is the way life undulates between fear and safety.

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