The Hamilton College F.I.L.M. (Forum on Image and Language in Motion) series will screen “Manakamana” (2013) with filmmakers Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m., in Bradford Auditorium, Kirner-Johnson Building. The event includes the screening of the film as well as a discussion with the directors. It is free and open to the public.
Spray, veteran of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, returns to Hamilton with Velez, her filmmaking partner, to show “Manakamana,” their portrait of modern Hindu pilgrims taking a cable car to visit the Manakamana Temple, the sacred place of the Hindu goddess Bhagwati, in the hope she will grant their wishes. Velez and Spray, who has spent years doing musical and cinematic research in Nepal, offer a fascinating panorama of the goddess’s devotees and an experience of a place few of us will have the opportunity to visit.