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Baraka (film)

April 19, 2011

Baraka (means blessing) is a non-narrative film directed by Ron Fricke, who was a cinematographer for Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio. Baraka has no plot, no storyline, no actor, no dialogues nor any voice-over. Instead, the film uses themes to present new perspectives and evoke emotion through pure cinema. Baraka is a kaleidoscopic, global compilation of both natural events and by fate, life and activities of man on Earth.

This is one scene from the film.

Samsara is a sequel to Baraka and is planned to be released in 2011. The word Saṃsāra is a Sanskrit word that means world or “cyclic existence”, but is used often to describe worldly activities, and in the words of Fricke, the film “will delve deeper into my favorite theme: humanity’s relationship to the eternal.”

10 comments

  1. Just an amazing video, and music. Very powerful images of fire, and destruction. Is this on the Middle East issues?


    • Indeed, excellent selection of music! Not in particular, this film is about… life.


      • Wow.. definitely something to be watched with a sense of wanting to learn.


  2. Nice, though I don’t see what’s “pure” about this. Do actors and plots make a film impure??


    • I wouldn’t say that, but capturing life as is may evoke a stronger response.


  3. wow… where did you find out about it?


    • I was searching for chants and stumbled on the song (will post soon) that reminded me of that film. Also I recommend trilogy by Godfrey Reggio: Koyaanisqatsi (1983), Powaqqatsi (1988), and Naqoyqatsi (2002) with wonderful music by Philip Glass.

      Here is an excerpt.

      MGM posted the entire Koyaanisqatsi film on youtube.


      • thanks, seems beautiful, I’ll check it some time, but perhaps not any time soon… too busy with university. That’s the reason I have paused my blogging the last month😦


        • It is quite a busy time of the year for many people. Good luck with your studies!🙂


  4. […] Rainbow Voice reminded me of the film Baraka I mentioned recently. […]



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