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)

Emma avatar

Perfect...Just Perfect. Do yourselves a favor and watch it!

Mildred W. avatar
Mildred W.

Didn't really care about the weak plot and tropes. Good visuals and you'll probably enjoy it if you like Short.

Marilyn Wong avatar
Marilyn Wong

The best movie I've seen in a long long time. Beautifully written and executed. Seriously. Amazing.

Douglas K. avatar
Douglas K.

It's smart, intense, well acted and superbly done. AMAZING FILM!

Patricia avatar

Well acted & executed. Highly entertaining.

Kevin Castro avatar
Kevin Castro

Love the movie. Worth the time to watch.

Lawrence Gonzalez avatar
Lawrence Gonzalez

This is a good movie I really enjoyed it worth my five stars

Judy Ruiz avatar
Judy Ruiz

Very well done. Good casting, photography and plot

Nancy Morales avatar
Nancy Morales

The supporting cast are excellent! A very enjoyable film.

Craig avatar

Great story, exciting to watch!

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Betty Soto

loved it wow what a work