In an arid desert landscape littered with tumbleweed, cheap motels, and unnamed characters, a modern-day Mother Mary makes a pilgrimage. Director, star – and perhaps most notably – superb choreographer Celia Rowlson-Hall’s MA is a sensory trip across the scorched American Southwest, its ritualistic and surreal affect articulated with the body and landscape, not dialogue. Alternately haunting and sublime, MA is a true experiment in contemporary filmmaking; the virgin mother gives birth to our savior, but is also challenged to save herself.

Dir. Celia Rowlson-Hall, 2015, DCP 80 min.

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