Baraka (1992)

A paralysingly beautiful documentary with a global vision—an odyssey through landscape and time—that attempts to capture the essence of life.


If there's any movie that should be sent into space to make a statement about Earth and humans, this is it.

9 years ago


Shot beautifully on 70mm, Baraka is a non-verbal documentary. It's a Tour-De-Force that takes us around the entire world connecting cultures, religions, remote worlds separated from each other by thousands of miles. There is just one logic in this film that can be explained by the documentary's title: Baraka is a sufi word that translates into "breath of life" or "blessing"…

Wow. A marvelous cinematic treat that takes us through mountains, tribes, cities, even the universe. Fricke's brilliant camera techniques created an astounding masterpiece. This film is a rich art film, something that no one should miss. We are taken over the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery…and on and on, through locales across the globe. The film often uses time lapse sequences. (Time lapse is a technique to enhance an extremely slow motion like the growth of a plant and play it at normal speed, similar to fast motion) In one of the scenes, Fricke combined time lapse and slowing rotating cameras to give us a view of the night sky. The desert sky turns black, and the stars roll by, as the camera moves slowly forward under the trees.

7 years ago


I am amazed of directors' Ron Fricke ability to notice such a delicate details..
This film as Samsara affects so much; it's like a mind detoxification - rare feeling to melt/vanish in the film.

Soul ambrosia.

6 years ago

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