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'Manakamana' an absorbing, voyeuristic portrait of humanity
'Manakamana' an absorbing, voyeuristic portrait of humanity

Cultural opponents of fast food started a successful slow food movement several years back, and if there is ever a parallel slow documentary trend, the fascinating "Manakamana" could be classified as Exhibit A. Observational with a vengeance, more an art piece than a conventional motion picture, "Manakamana" is simple in conception, but the reactions it evokes in viewers will be complex and multifaceted. It all starts with the film's namesake, a 17th century temple in Nepal dedicated to a Hindu goddess who makes wishes come true. It took hours to walk through lush jungles to make a visit to this temple back in the day, but now a spiffy aerial cable-car system...

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