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Monsoon-Reflections


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by Stephanie Spray
color, 22 min, 2007
From the Sensory Ethnography Lab Series




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Drawing its title from a poem by the Nepali poet Lekhnath Paudyal, who depicts the monsoon season as sublime and blissful, this video focuses instead on the melancholy and grit of two female Nepali field hands as they carry out their monsoon routines in Lekhnath, Nepal. It is a sensorial riposte to Paudyal's idealistic depiction of the monsoon as 'joyous from start to finish,' by means of reflections upon labor, gender, and fleeting pleasure in rural Nepal.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Contro-Sguardi: International Anthropological Film Festival, Perugia, Italy, 2010

“Stephanie Spray's Monsoon Reflections is another example of the potential of sensory ethnography to convey the ineffable… Spray has both remarkable control over her camera and microphone.” — Karen Nakamura, American Anthropologist

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Other Films in the Sensory Ethnography Lab Series
Demolition (Chaiqian) by JP Sniadecki (28 min, 2007)
Kāle and Kāle by Stephanie Spray (50 min, 2007)
On Broadway by Aryo Danusiri (62 min, 2011)
Songhua by JP Sniadecki (28 min, 2007)
Still Life by Diana Allan (25 min, 2007)


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