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Directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez

2013

USA

118 minutes

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The view from a Nepalese cable car is a window on the world in this one-of-a-kind ethnographic documentary. 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 nonfiction features to emerge from Harvard University’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 wish-fulfilling goddess. And without once leaving the confines of the car itself, [the] directors manage to craft a vast and revealing portrait of both their chosen locale and the people who pass through it. —Variety