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Baraka, 1992.

Directed by Ron Fricke.


A montage of photographed images telling, “The story of our planet, and human interaction within it.”

Cinema is by definition a visual medium, and if this is the beating heart of cinema, then director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson’s Baraka adopts this identity with power. The opening narration of the Baraka trailer introduces it as, “A challenge, a warning, a gift, a blessing… Baraka.” The closing narration describes the film as, “A cinema experience unlike any other. The power, rage and essence of life itself.” Baraka runs for approximately 96 minutes, and whilst the three minute trailer is only a limited peek of the film in its full form, from just these few minutes derives the impression that it is a piece of monumental filmmaking.

Baraka is the result of a challenge issued to storytellers by American mythologist Joseph Campbell. What I understand »

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