Manakamana

USA/Nepal 2013. Dirs: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez. 117 min. DCP

EXCLUSIVE FIRST RUN! ► A captivating, richly-rewarding portrait of spiritual pilgrimage by cable-car in contemporary Nepal, Manakamana is the latest project from Harvard’s revolutionary Sensory Ethnography Laboratory, lately a hothouse of heady, artful, immersive documentary cinema (including the stunning Leviathan, presented at The Cinematheque last year). The film is radically simple in conception but remarkably suggestive in effect. It was shot with a fixed camera inside a gondola carrying worshippers and tourists to and from Nepal’s Manakamana mountaintop temple. Each of the 11 segments is the length of a one-way ride; each becomes an intimate portrait of its human (and non-human) subjects. “The must-see cinematic experience of the year” (Indiewire).

 

REVIEWS

"A unique and fulfilling cinematic experience — and one of the year’s best."

Twitch | full review

"Expansive, intricate and surprisingly playful ... A one-of-a-kind achievement."

Variety | full review

"Serenely revelatory documentary."

New Yorker | full review