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(Aribam Syam Sharma, 1991). Shot in the Northeast Indian state of Manipur, this is an offbeat family melodrama utilizing elements of the strange rituals of the matriarchal Meitei religion, together with some striking dance scenes. It tells the story of a happily married young mother in a lower middle class family who, seized by divine possession and trance, runs away from home in search of her guru. It's haunting and memorable and creates a special world of myth and magic rarely seen on film.
Fri., Jan. 16, 3:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 17, 1 p.m., 2009

 
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