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Kale and Kale  //  Kāle and Kāle (Orig.)

DIR: Stephanie Spray
2007 / Nepal, United States / 50 min

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In exploring the lives of two wandering Nepali musicians, an uncle and nephew who share the same name and are featured in filmmaker Stephanie Spray's and Pacho Velez's acclaimed documentary Manakamana, Kāle and Kāle (pronounced kah-lay) exposes the rootless occupation of the Gaine caste and communicates both its joys and pitfalls - domestic, economic and spiritual - in their daily lives.

Rejecting didacticism as a means of ethnographical observation, the film consists of distinct episodes that value the quality of the genuine moment. Spray couples both meaningful and disconcerting human interactions with the sights and sounds of natural familiarities such as grass, smoke, insects, animals, and traditional Nepalese folk music, opening up an evocative new world that the viewer is invited to slowly and deliberately experience.

Kāle and Kāle is one of several slice-of-life films Spray has made about rural Nepali culture; this film grants us access to her extraordinary perception not only of the relationship between the two men, but also of the intricate beauty of the geographic landscape and the social, moral, and religious implications of the communities that inhabit them.

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Director Stephanie Spray
Screenplay Stephanie Spray
Dir. of Photography Stephanie Spray
Editing Stephanie Spray
Music
Sound
Duration 50 min
Year 2007
Country Nepal, United States
Colour Colour
Tags Asia, music, observational, rural society
Production Sensory Ethnography Lab
Sensory Ethnography Lab
Country:  United States
Web:  sel.fas.harvard.edu/
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Distribution CinemaGuild, Stephanie Spray
CinemaGuild
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Stephanie Spray
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Festivals

The Whitney Biennial 2014 ...

The Whitney Biennial 2014


Visual Anthropology Film Festival during AAA Conference 2010 (New Orleans)


Himalayan Film Festival 2008 (Amsterdam)


The International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec 2008


Ethnographic Film Festival Eyes and Lenses V 2008 (Warsaw)


NAFA film festival 2007 (Trondheim)

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