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TIFF 2013: Manakamana

September 5, 2013

directed by Pacho Velez and Stephanie Spray, 2013

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The creative folks working over at the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Laboratory have outdone themselves once again. After last year’s Leviathan and 2009’s Sweetgrass, Pacho Velez and Stephanie Spray introduce Manakamana, another eye-opening documentary that flirts with brilliance. A real-time journey of personal interactions, Manakamana is also steeped in heavy silences and spiritual reverie. The documentary achieves a transcendental state of being as its figures also communicate with the landscape and the remnants of the past that surround them. An intimate portrait of people coming and going, Manakamana exists as a stunning blend of life’s grand and monotonous movements.

Read full review at Movie Mezzanine

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