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Thu, March 27, 6:45pm

“Manakamana”

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)

The newest work from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab—which previously produced Sweetgrass, Leviathan (51st AAFF) and People’s Park (51st AAFF).

Manakamana is composed of 11 shots from the inside of a cable car as it transports pilgrims making an ancient journey to a Nepali mountaintop. The shots unfold in real-time, corresponding to the duration of a roll of 16mm film. Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez (with sound by Ernst Karel) have created a film  “thrillingly mysterious in its effects: a staged documentary, a cross between science fiction and ethnography, an airborne version of an Andy Warhol screen test. As with the richest structural films, Manakamana is a kind of head movie that viewers are invited to complete as they watch, an endlessly suggestive film that both describes and transcends the bounds of time and space. “ -NYFF   

Directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez in attendance.

Community Partner: University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies


Films Showing:

Manakamana

(Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez, 2013) 118 min

Manakamana is composed of 11 shots from the inside of a cable car as it transports pilgrims making an ancient journey to a Nepali mountaintop. The shots unfold in real-time,...