Thu, March 27, 6:45pm
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