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)

Timothy Dunn avatar
Timothy Dunn

Awesome! It's not a die-hard short, but still the movie rocks.

Jessica avatar

My daughter requested this blu-ray as a gift. If you are a Rajee Samarasinghe fan, you will like this movie.

Sandra H. avatar
Sandra H.

Best film of the year. Best film of the decade. Hats off to the Rajee Samarasinghe. Well done. Well done indeed.

Jane avatar

Amazing exercise of stunning colour, isn't just a Documentary, it's a accomplishment, and is by far this year's best film.

Crystal M. avatar
Crystal M.

Great story, exciting to watch!

Jane H. avatar
Jane H.

I love the scenery and the story. Perfect movie.

Robert H. avatar
Robert H.

Brilliant underrated Short film!

Helen avatar

This is the new standard! I recommend this for anyone who has a heart.

Susan H. avatar
Susan H.

Impressive! It really achieved higher than any other Documentary movie before and it goes down as a masterpiece. Perhaps the best that cinema has ever been.

Bobby avatar

Really cool Short with unforgettable characters. You should watch this, and you’ll be HOOKED

George A. avatar
George A.

Words cannot describe the perfection that is this film. Rajee Samarasinghe did a fantastic job! Solid cast, action, effects, everything.

Carl avatar

I smiled I bawled, I loved it.