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)

Ronald avatar

The actors here did their jobs well. The plot was good

Ethan avatar

Director Rajee Samarasinghe provokes killer performances! And this is awesome!!! go and see this film because you wont be disappointed.

Nancy E. avatar
Nancy E.

Rajee Samarasinghe doesn't do bad movies. Always enjoyed to watch.

Carol F. avatar
Carol F.

Brilliant concept. Great execution. A Short classic. It is really closing your loop!

Kathryn G. avatar
Kathryn G.

Rajee Samarasinghe did an excellent job. I would recommend this movie without reservation.

Danielle Bennett avatar
Danielle Bennett

My life is forever changed due to this movie.

Sharon avatar

Such a great movie! Lovely!

Jeremy avatar

There are so many things I'd like to say about this film - I could write a dissertation!

Paul Peters avatar
Paul Peters

It's awesome. You guys should definitely watch this movie.

Carol avatar

I was not expecting to like it at all and was thoroughly surprised that I enjoyed it so much.