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Sri Lankabhimanya
Lester James Peries
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Born(1919-04-05)5 April 1919
Died29 April 2018(2018-04-29) (aged 99)
OccupationFilm director, Film producer and Screenwriter
Years active1949–2006
Spouse(s)Sumitra Peries (1964–2018; his death)
Sri Lankabhimanya Lester James Peries (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී ලංකාභිමාන්‍ය ලෙස්ටර් ජේම්ස් පීරිස්) (5 April 1919 – 29 April 2018) was a Sri Lankan movie director, screenwriter, and movie producer.[1][2][3] He was known for his works Rekava, Gamperaliya, Nidhanaya, Golu Hadawatha, Kaliyugaya, Awaragira and Yuganthaya.

His movie Wekande Walauwa was Sri Lanka's first ever submission for the Academy Awards.[4]


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