Baraka (1992)

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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 <>

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A world beyond words.


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Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baraka - Eine Welt jenseits der Worte  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)


$1,300,000 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


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2.20 : 1
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Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, which can be translated "as a blessing, or the breath, or the essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds." See more »


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 »


References Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »


from Land of Incas
Composed by Gonzalo Vargas
Performed by Inkuyo
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A masterpiece! Spiritually uplifting. Touches the heart and soul deeply.
26 August 2000 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

It is perplexing to read a few comments below that rubbish this film. To me, and to so many others, it is unequaled in it's beauty, sensitivity and deep spiritual perception into this amazing world that we inhabit.

Really, I think if anyone watches this film and cannot feel uplifted to the heavens, then they must be spiritually deadened by cynicism and negativity.

Even without DVD and the big screen, we have enjoyed repeated viewing of this EXCEPTIONAL film. I first saw it in Sydney, in Panavision's huge screen, and was totally blown away by the cinematography as well as the profoundly moving music. But even on VHS here at home, it touches me ever so deeply.

10 out of 10. An incredible experience!!

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