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Manakamana

DIR: Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez
2012 / Nepal, United States / 118 min

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William Blake’s oft-quoted observation about finding the world in a grain of sand comes to mind more than once during “Manakamana,” the latest in a string of marvelously original non-fiction features to emerge from Harvard U.’s Sensory Ethnography Lab. Here the grain of sand is a cable car system high in the mountains of Nepal, ferrying passengers to and from the titular temple of a sacred Hindu goddess. And without once leaving the confines of the car itself, directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez manage to craft a vast and revealing portrait of both their chosen locale and the people who pass through it. A double prize-winner at Locarno, this deceptively simple, one-of-a-kind achievement will continue to keep a busy festival dance card and should attract small but passionate crowds in limited theatrical play. Variety

About

Director Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography Pacho Velez
Editing Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez
Music
Sound Ernst Karel
Duration 118 min
Year 2012
Country Nepal, United States
Colour Colour
Tags Asia, observational, rituals, social issues
Production Pachoworks, Sensory Ethnography Lab
Pachoworks
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Sensory Ethnography Lab
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Web:  sel.fas.harvard.edu/
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Festivals

IFP Gotham Award 2014 ...

IFP Gotham Award 2014


Independent Spirit Award 2014


Docaviv 2014


BAFICI 2014


RiverRun International Film Festival 2014


Locarno 2013

Awards

Docaviv 2014 - Best Artistic ...

Docaviv 2014 - Best Artistic Vision Award


BAFICI 2014 - Vanguard and Genre Gran Premio


RiverRun International Film Festival 2014 - Best Director, Documentary


Locarno 2013 - Golden Leopard, Filmmakers of the Present category


Locarno 2013 - Special Mention for Best First Feature Film


Locarno 2013 - Independent International Film Critics' Award for Best First Feature



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