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(2013) dir Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez [118 min; digital; in Nepali and English with English subtitles]
Filmed in a cable car shuttling to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal, MANAKAMANA deploys radical simplicity to entrancing effect. In 11 shots, each as long as a ride—and the duration of a roll of 16mm film—filmmakers Spray and Velez evoke an entire world. The latest from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (Sweetgrass, Leviathan), this is a documentary at once rigorous and intimate, a transcendental, uniquely transporting experience. – IFC Center

Directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez answer common questions about the making of their film MANAKAMANA in an interview with producers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel. Read the Q+A

“(★★★★★) You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit.” – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“The must-see cinematic experience of the year.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“’Manakamana’ is a haunting experience… that offers spiritual, philosophical, and aesthetic rewards beyond the immediate power of words to describe.” – Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

“The faces in MANAKAMANA, a transporting ethnographic film set in a green sliver of Nepal, stare into the camera, out into space and, perhaps, into the great beyond. The faces are sometimes creased and weathered, sometimes smooth as pebbles. A few look etched with worry, as if they were weighed down by a heavy burden, although they may also be seized with fear. That’s because for 10 or so minutes at a time, these faces are floating hundreds of feet above a lush Nepali forest in a cable car that takes pilgrims to and from the temple that gives this film its rhythmic title.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

“(Critics’ Pick) I’ve never seen anything like it.” – Calum Marsh, The Village Voice

“You could almost say that SEL is not so much a place as a state of mind that fuses scientific objectivity and an almost spiritual faith in the power of film. And yet the laboratory has formulated a ferocious new documentary style that is transforming nonfiction filmmaking, and maybe cinema itself.” – Peter Keough, Boston Magazine

MANAKAMANA Official Site | Sensory Ethnography Lab

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