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Manakamana (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 12 December 2014 (UK)
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A documentary about a group of pilgrims who travel to Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chabbi Lal Gandharba Chabbi Lal Gandharba ... Himself
Anish Gandharba Anish Gandharba ... Himself
Bindu Gayek Bindu Gayek ... Herself
Narayan Gayek Narayan Gayek ... Himself
Gopika Gayek Gopika Gayek ... Herself
Khim Kumari Gayek Khim Kumari Gayek ... Herself
Chet Kumari Gayek Chet Kumari Gayek ... Herself
Hom Kumari Gayek Hom Kumari Gayek ... Herself
Simen Pariyar Simen Pariyar ... Himself
Anil Paija Anil Paija ... Himself
Saroj Gandharba Saroj Gandharba ... Himself
Bakhraharu Bakhraharu ... Itself
Mithu Gayek Mithu Gayek ... Herself
Isan Brant Isan Brant ... Herself
Mily Mily ... Herself


A documentary about a group of pilgrims who travel to Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple.

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Release Date:

12 December 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Манакамана See more »

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1.85 : 1
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The film was awarded the top prize at the Locarno Film Festival's 'Cinema of the Present' competition in 2013. Jury president Hartmut Bitomsky hailed it as a film that "redefines ethnographic filmmaking" and "pushes the new space in between anthropology, conceptual art and documentary practice". See more »

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A Majestic Experience !!!
20 November 2014 | by aacharya-mammatSee all my reviews

Nepal is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful country in the world - needless to say the most beautiful in the entire South Asian region. One of the beauties of this small country is its hills and mountains, and no camera in the world is enough to capture its breathtaking beauty. Manakamana comes forward and tries to capture this beauty in such a way that one feels they are inside the cable car and actually making a voyage atop the hills of Gorkha region.

Manakamana, which literally means desire of the heart, is a temple located on top of a hill, of the same name. To travel Manakamana is not an easy task, not at least twenty years ago when the transportation was not available. People had to travel for three days by foot, and finally reach the temple which is believed to fulfill the desire of every pilgrims. The older generations have a lot of memories trapped in the hills. And when to refresh those memories of hiking through the hills, but at the cable car.

The movie has no narration at all, an that is the strongest part. You just sit comfortably, and let your soul travel through the cable car, enjoying the beautiful scenario outside, listen to the conversations pilgrims make about various myths of the temple, their struggle in early days, and many more. A huge contrast in generation, nationality, profession is shown brightly.

Unlike the artificial and pretentious beauty its neighboring country India possess, Nepal's beauty actually attracts you like a powerful magnet - and Manakamana literally takes you on a superb journey.

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