The Spectre Watches Over Her

The Spectre Watches Over Her

A reaction to the seminal text by Swiss anthropologist Paul Wirz entitled 'Exorcism and the Art of Healing in Ceylon,' this high contrast hand processed film considers a history of colonialism and ethnographic practices in South Asia. Memories from my mother's own elusive past emerge as I begin to locate her personal narrative within ethnographic material. At my mother's village, I restaged an exorcism once performed on her in the early 1960s when she was a little girl. Possessed by the lecherous entity known as the Kalu Kumara, the Sanni Yakuma healing ritual was performed over a 12-hour period. 'The Spectre Watches Over Her,' examines how a history of watching has shaped a cultural perception and identity. The title refers to Paul Gauguin's 'Manao tupapau.'

Running Time
14 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, Short
Director
Rajee Samarasinghe
Writer
Rajee Samarasinghe
Country
USA, Sri Lanka
Year
2017
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «The Spectre Watches Over Her» (17)

Kathleen avatar
Kathleen

This is an amazing movie, with believable characters, adventure, and wonderful scenery.

Douglas avatar
Douglas

i had to give this movie a 10/10, and i only have 4 movies that i would rate that way in my life time. If there is anything you do this year, make it a trip to watch this movie!

Nicole avatar
Nicole

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Definitely worth your while!

Crystal Brooks avatar
Crystal Brooks

Well i was sceptical when I first watched the trailer, after a weird start and some focusing. I realized, whoa this is genius. Good actors, good scenes, good story!

Brenda R. avatar
Brenda R.

This was special! Director Rajee Samarasinghe and his crew have crafted a beautiful looking film.

Scott Burke avatar
Scott Burke

I have watched this movie 3 times, and each time have liked it more than I did the first time, and even then I still enjoyed it a lot!

William R. avatar
William R.

It's a great movie I give it 10 out of 10

Cynthia Austin avatar
Cynthia Austin

5 stars all the way. Great story line, great acting.