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Pacho Velez

“I was particularly intrigued by the “doubleness” of acting—actors’ studied non-attention to their audience. This interest carried over into Manakamana—I’m watching the subjects’ awareness of their world, and how it shifts to acknowledge the passing landscape, other passengers, and private thoughts, before occasionally, obliquely returning to the camera, which is so clearly staring at them yet is never explicitly addressed.”

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    MANAKAMANA

    Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez Nepal, 2013

    This risk-taking, radically immersive documentary from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab strips cinema to its essentials, locking down the camera and letting us observe all kinds of people as they travel to a sacred temple. A serene project that experiments with form while staying powerfully humane.

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    BEESWAX

    Andrew Bujalski United States, 2009

    Newly restored, this heartfelt gem is “mumblecore” filmmaker Andrew Bujalski’s follow-up to the cult favorite Funny Ha Ha. With characters who are at their most honest when struggling to find the right words, it’s a funny and observant slice-of-life story shot in beautifully colorful 16mm.

    THE AMERICAN SECTOR

    Courtney Stephens, Pacho Velez United States, 2020

    Road movie meets political action in this shrewd essay film from Courtney Stephens and Pacho Velez (Manakamana). Using street-level interviews to probe the metaphorical implications of a historical icon shorn of its context, this gripping 16mm feature is a compulsively entertaining watch.

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