THE SPECTRE WATCHES OVER HER

by Rajee SAMARASINGHE
2016 / 16mm & HD / b&w / silent / 1S / 13' 53




A reaction to the seminal text by Swiss anthropologist Paul Wirz entitled "Exorcism and the Art of Healing in Ceylon", this high contrast hand processed film considers a history of colonialism and ethnographic practices in South Asia. At my mother’s village, I restaged an exorcism once performed on her in the early 1960s when she was a little girl. Possessed by the lecherous entity known as the Kalu Kumara, the Sanni Yakuma healing ritual was performed over a 12-hour period.

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distribution format DCP on server (SMPTE 2K)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
original language English
rental fee 42,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
original language English
rental fee 42,00 €