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
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Short
Rajee Samarasinghe
Rajee Samarasinghe
USA, Sri Lanka
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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

Harry avatar

Rajee Samarasinghe, you deserve a standing ovation. From an unbiased, stand-alone movie point of view, this film does an incredible job of being exciting from beginning to end

Marilyn avatar

An absolute must see for everyone, and I'm positive that I’ll never see another movie better than this, and this will stay at #1 on my list forever.

Samantha Sanders avatar
Samantha Sanders

It is a great story!!! Rajee Samarasinghe and his crew obviously put a lot of time into the story.

Crystal avatar

Don't miss out on what could possibly be the best Documentary film this year!

David C. avatar
David C.

Acting and directing were very good.

Amber Collins avatar
Amber Collins

This is an excellent movie

Kimberly avatar

New creation of Rajee Samarasinghe. His films are waiting with a special look, because it offers something that every day, unfortunately, less and less can be found in the world of mass cinema - an interesting spectacle, filled with meaning, ideas and emotions.

Daniel avatar

Excellent, loved it!!!

Thomas T. avatar
Thomas T.

It was a great movie.really jaw dropping.

Joshua Peters avatar
Joshua Peters

I just came back from cinema and this movie is awesome man. Rajee Samarasinghe did a damn good job!

Tammy avatar

Here's a fine example of a film that may makes up for an exciting watch due to its director Rajee Samarasinghe extra-ordinary sense of creating spectacles that feel like breathing artworks.

Beverly avatar

My husband and I love this movie just as much as our kid.