Manakamana - 7 PM
(ethnographic feature, 2013, 118 minutes, CC)
Pilgrims make an ancient journey in a state-of-the-art cable car. Their rides unfold in real-time, highlighting interactions with one another, the landscape, and this strange new mode of conveyance. Through these encounters, the film opens a surprising window onto contemporary Nepali lives, propelled along by the country’s idiosyncratic modernization.
Stephanie Spray is a filmmaker whose work explores the convergence of social aesthetics and art in everyday life. She is currently a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at the Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL). The expedition, driven by worship, is revealed with stylistic minimalism reminiscent of acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
The SEL is a celebrated experimental laboratory at Harvard University promoting innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography. The Lab provides an academic and institutional context for the development of creative work and research that opposes traditional non-fiction media. Their work has been exhibited internationally at film festivals including AFI, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, New York, Toronto, and more.
A Q+A with co-director Stephanie Spray will follow the screening.
Location: Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street
Make sure to also join us for an artist talk with Stephanie Spray on Monday, June 9th at 1pm.
Location: NSCAD Academy Building, 1649 Brunswick Street.