Film: Kamakha Through Prayerful Eyes (2013)

Asia in the Humanities/Humanities in Asia Film Screening

Film: Kamakha Through Prayerful Eyes (2013)

Monday, May 19, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Lenart Auditorium
Fowler Museum
Los Angeles, CA

Kamakha Through Prayerful Eyes

A film by Aparna Sharma

UCLA World Arts & Cultures/Dance

There will be a light reception at 6:00 preceding the film.


Poetics of the Invisible

How can a documentarist visualize the "Inivisible?"

With this as a cue, Kamakha: Through Prayerful Eyes (2013) documents the disparate ways by which devotees and visitors to Goddess Kamakhya’s shrine in Assam, northeast India, visualize a Goddess who is concealed and remains unseen. Composed over two years, this film explores possibilities for a poetic and sensory documentary experience.The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker, Aparna Sharma (World Arts and Cultures/Dance), moderated by Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA Film Television and Digital Media)

About the Film:

"Kamakha Through Prayerful Eyes is a finely crafted, lyrical exploration of a sacred site. Taking as her focus the space around the Kamakyha Temple, filmmaker Aparna Sharma weaves a rich tapestry of sound, light, and color to suggest the deeply sensory nature of pilgrimage.” — Ana Grimshaw, Professor, The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University

"Here is an insider's view of a remarkably rich and vibrant form of worship. Filmmaker Sharma’s use of a discrete, observational camera style together with titles, interviews, and reflexive comments on the interviews shows a deft cinematic hand at work." -- Bill Nichols, Professor of Cinema, San Francisco State University

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Sponsor(s): Asia Pacific Center