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)

Amy L. avatar
Amy L.

For once I wasn’t rolling my eyes. Nice little movie.

Shirley avatar

The story was magnificent! Once again, Rajee Samarasinghe have proved their prowess in making excellent films.

John avatar

The acting is on point, so is the editing and cinematography. It was an absorbing film

Johnny P. avatar
Johnny P.

Certainly one of the finest movies I have seen for quite some time. Exquisite direction and flawless acting make this a very entertaining and often moving film.

Danielle H. avatar
Danielle H.

Little cheezy at times but I do like it.

Virginia Carpenter avatar
Virginia Carpenter

From beginning to end, this movie is amazing. I recommend it enough.

Sarah Ferguson avatar
Sarah Ferguson

AWESOME movie Definetly worth the watch.

Kimberly B. avatar
Kimberly B.

Outstanding! I recommend this movie highly as it kept my attention completely.

Brenda avatar

Such a great film

Sarah H. avatar
Sarah H.

Rajee Samarasinghe story is brought to the screen with great elegance and excitement.