The cable car journey to Nepal’s Manakamana Temple takes about 17 minutes round trip. Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s documentary, filmed from inside the cable car opposite the passengers, is a slow-moving, meditative experience offering a glimpse into the lives of pilgrims en route to the temple to beseech the Hindu goddess Bhagwati to grant their wishes. Young and old alike make the journey, giving us glimpses into the lifeways and beliefs of Nepalese people. Most travelers sit in silence, and viewers may feel alternately like voyeurs trying to gauge their private thoughts or like fellow passengers. It’s an introspective, quietly moving film. Not rated. 118 minutes. In Nepali and English with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. See review.
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