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Released in 2013, Manakamana observes visitors on their cable-car journey up and down a mountain to an ancient Hindu temple, named for the wish-granting goddess the film takes its name from.
The temple commemorates the queen of a 17th century Gorkha queen who had divine powers. Following the mysterious death of her husband the queen committed sati (ritual suicide) on her husband’s funeral pyre. Before her sati, the queen promised her Lakhan she would return. Six months later, a farmer broke a stone while plowing his field, and from the stone he saw a stream of blood and milk. When Lakhan heard of this, he immediately started performing Hindu tantric rituals at the site where the stone had been discovered, stopping the flow of blood and milk.
This site then became the foundation for the present historic shrine. The movie beautifully captures the variety of people that visit this historic site to worship the goddess. The visitors often present her with a sacrifice, in the hopes that she will then grant their wishes in return.
Directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez allow the audience to draw their own interpretation of the film through minimal dialogue and a continuous shot of the cable cars and those who occupy them. They also use the very interesting technique of talking about something without ever showing it, leaving the viewer with a certain amount of suspense and curiosity.