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The Kirlian Witness

August 25, 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive, Velaslavasay Panorama, Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, and Atlas Obscura present:

The Kirlian Witness (a.k.a. The Plants Are Watching, 1979)
Directed by Rubén Galindo Jr.

Can spider plants sense pain? Is fern telepathy feasible? The empathic, ecophilic Laurie (Nancy Boykin) thinks so, most days eschewing human interactions in favor of quality time with her fiddle-leaf fig tree. After a sudden tragedy, her sister Rilla (Nancy Snyder), a photographer and the film’s narrator, subsumes Laurie’s plant obsession, believing that certain secrets lie within their leaves. Beautifully shot by João Fernandes (Bloodrage), The Kirlian Witness is a botanical thriller of dendritic proportions, and an essential entry in the tiny but rich horticultural horror canon.

Digital, 75 min.

This screening takes place at the Velaslavasay Panorama. Tickets are available online.


August 25, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Velaslavasay Panorama
1122 West 24th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 United States