Film Screening—Shamans of the Blind Country

October 13, 2019

Director: Michael Oppitz

Country: West Germany / Nepal / USA

Language: English

Release Date: 11 April 1981

Screening Location: Xiamen Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (No. 301, Building 2, Xinglinwan Business Center, Jimei District,Xiamen, Fujian Province)

Screening Time:

Part one: October 13th 10:00 - 12:00

Part two: October 13th 14:00 - 16:00


Shamans of the Blind Country is a three and a half hour epos about faith healers in a remote mountain region of north-western Nepal.It shows Magar shamanism in all its variety and range. It follows the arduous process of initiation that each student has to go through before he or she can enter the guild of the chosen healers. It participates in many rituals and seances the shamans perform to cure their patients’ illnesses and avert their misfortune. Any facets of this religion are presented in a visual language that suit the Magar perspective, disregarding all theoretical speculations that usually overgrow this kind of subject.