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Baraka (1992)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary, War  |  November 1993 (USA)
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

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Without words, cameras show us the world, with an emphasis not on "where," but on "what's there." It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people at prayer: volcanoes, water falls, veldts, and forests; several hundred monks do a monkey chant. Indigenous peoples apply body paint; whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature via logging, blasting, and strip mining. Images of poverty, rapid urban life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and mass graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A world beyond words.

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Documentary | War

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Baraka - Eine Welt jenseits der Worte  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,300,000 (USA)
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The eclipse shoot almost didn't made in to the final work. The crew went to Hawai and had their spot on a hotel rooftop, but almost an hour before the eclipse clouds moved in and immediately the sun disappeared. Everyone in the hotel tried to find a better location and only the film crew stayed after a huge discussion. Minutes from the eclipse the sky cleared for shooting and the final result is in the film. See more »

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In the closing credits where filming locations are listed by country, Vatican City is listed as a location in Italy when technically it is a country in its own right. Although Vatican City is physically totally contained within Italy, it is an independent nation. See more »

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References Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »

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Host of Seraphim
Composed and Performed by Dead Can Dance
Courtesy of 4 A.D.
In association with Momentum Music/Virgin Special Products
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An extraordinary trip
18 January 2004 | by (canada) – See all my reviews

During the 96 minutes, I feel like a bird crossing time and space.

I was amazed by the images and the camera technique. For just a few second images, the filmmaker have to overcome how many difficulties! What a spectacular job!

Moreover, the questions it brings to me strike me, and it makes me rethink about the human life. The contrast between the worlds and the cultures punch me so hard.

This movie is absolutely in my collection.








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