Awake Zion
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Call It Democracy
Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click.
The Education of Shelby Knox
Ghetto Fabulous
Kaikohe Demolition
In a Nutshell: A Portrait of Elizabeth Tashjian
A Life Without Pain
The Loss of Nameless Things
Mana: Beyond Belief
Occupation: Dreamland
Other People’s Pictures
Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party
A Whale of a Tale
Why Should the Devil Have All The Good Music?

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Nature’s Blueprints
One Nice Thing
The Ramones and I
Small Town Secrets

Mana: Beyond Belief

5/12, 730p, Roxie Buy Tickets

Peter Friedman, Roger Manley
2004, USA, 92 min.

Mana is Polynesian for “power object”—the things we invest with an often-mystical significance. Sometimes it’s religious, like the Shroud of Turin; sometimes it’s patriotic, like the American flag; and sometimes it’s pretty absurd, like Graceland. Friedman and Manley’s glorious film weaves a web across the world, connecting power objects from Elvis to Buddha, from the cherry blossoms of Japan to a lowrider’s Chevy in New Mexico, with stops in Africa, India, New Zealand and Elsewhere. Blissfully exposition-free, the film simply unfurls, presenting the spectacle of people worshipping stuff with sly, zenlike calm and absolutely astonishing cinematography. Sure to be the next RIVERS AND TIDES-like phenomenon, it’ll give you a buzz you won’t shake for a long time.