Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s documentary Manakamana makes its home entertainment debut on DVD and VOD courtesy of Dogwoof on 9 February 2015. Applauded by critics, the film is a beautifully original and breathtaking cinematic experience, as it follows pilgrims as they make an ancient journey by cable car to worship high above a jungle in Nepal.
Almost a mile above sea level, the Hindu Manakamana Temple used to only be accessible by a lengthy journey on foot. However, due to the addition of a cable car, worshippers can now take a 10-minute trip up in to the mountains to pray at this sacred place. Using a 16mm camera co-directors Spray and Velez join a varied mix of subjects on their pilgrimage.
Manakamana is captivating, both for its mesmerising scenery and interesting characters. The diverse collection of commuters includes a group of old women discussing how much things have changed, a bunch of young men taking selfies, an elderly man and his grandson, a mother and daughter eating ice-creams, a married couple and their chicken and a herd of goats. Each shot follows a new set of passengers and the viewer is given an insight into them and their varied lives.
Manakamana is out on DVD and VOD on 9 February. Find out more at www.dogwoof.com