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Verena Paravel

“(About Leviathan) We still don’t know exactly what the film is about.”

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    Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor United Kingdom, 2012

    One of the first films to come out of the Sensory Ethnographic Lab and a sizeable influence on experimental nonfiction since, the shaky, murky Leviathan immerses us in marine labor and churns up the belly of the ocean. In cinema at least, the sea has rarely coruscated and clattered like this.

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    Stephanie Spray, Pacho Velez Nepal, 2013

    This risk-taking, radically immersive documentary from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab strips cinema to its essentials, locking down the camera and letting us observe all kinds of people as they travel to a sacred temple. A serene project that experiments with form while staying powerfully humane.






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