UK distributor Dogwoof has acquired all UK rights to Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s Manakamana, a doc that uses fixed-camera shots to follow pilgrims and tourists visit a temple in Nepal.
The film marks the latest effort to be produced by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab that Dogwoof has released in the UK, following Sweetgrass and Leviathan.
Manakamana tells the story of pilgrims who travel up and down valleys to get to the Manakamana Temple via cable car. The film is the feature debut for both Spray and Velez.
The deal was brokered between Oli Harbottle, head of distribution for Dogwoof; and Houston King on behalf of the filmmakers.
“It’s a great pleasure to continue our relationship with the Harvard Sensory Ethnology Lab with the acquisition of Manakamana, one of the highlights of Toronto this year,” said Harbottle. “The lab continues to produce unique work, finding an increasing audience both here and abroad – with this and their previous film Leviathan, there is a new force to be reckoned with in the documentary world.”
“We are excited to be partnering with Dogwoof and their deep catalog of excellent documentary films,” said the directors in a joint statement. “We believe their expertise in connecting independent documentaries with UK audiences bodes well for the upcoming release of Manakamana.”