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Manakamana is the first feature collaboration between Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, where they placed a fixed 16mm camera in a cable-car that takes passengers to and from the Manakamana Temple in Nepal.
Born out of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Laboratory (Leviathan, Sweetgrass), the eleven portraits in the film are at once a look at the commuters, but also an immersive experience for the spectator, who rides along.
We were very excited to talk about this film with Stephanie and Pacho, who joined us in our studio at OCAD U’s Graduate Gallery to shed light on the Manakamana cable-car, the interaction between its passengers and the camera’s lens, and the creation of an unseen landscape through the passenger’s conversations.
Special thanks to our friends for help in releasing Issue #20: Erik Skjoldbjærg, BruceLa Bruce, Don McKellar, Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez, Daniela Syrovy, Bonne Smith, Aidan Cowling, Naoko Kumagai, Suzan Ayscough, Liam Crockard, Julian Higuerey Nunez, Vincent Van Cooten, Jason Charters, Liam Romalis, William F. White, Signs of Toronto and Williams Design.