Gillespie Forum Presents


Spring 2015 Film Screening MANAKAMANA


Upstate Films in Rhinebeck NY
DATE: Sunday June 14th, 2015
TIME: 1:00 pm

Q and A with Filmmaker Pacho Velez following the screening.

The FILM: High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana.The Manakamana Temple is in the Ghorka district in Nepal, 65 miles from Kathmandu. It’s situated on a 3900 foot ridge above the Trisuli River with views of the Himachali and Annapurna Mountains.

The Temple is a sacred place for pilgrimages, the Goddess Bhagwati an incarnation of Parvati, grants the wishes of those make the long journey to her mountaintop shrine. “Mana” means heart and “Kamana” means wish. Pilgrims have been making this trip through the Nepali jungle for four centuries. Since 1998, they can make their final ascent to the temple in a cable car. Filmmakers Pacho Velez and Stephanie Spray traveled to this remote region to film worshippers going to visit this ancient sacred site. Running time: 118 mins
Language: Nepali, English

The FILMMAKER: Pacho Velez works at the intersection of ethnography, contemporary art, and political documentary. His film and theater productions have been presented at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, and on Japanese National Television.

In 2010, Pacho completed his MFA at CalArts. He now lives in New York City, where he teaches filmmaking at Bard College and design ethnography at Parsons The New School For Design.