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ron frike a brilliant brilliant brilliant more more more
This film is a statement on the human condition. The viewer travels
through several countries via beautiful photography and music. Modern and
primitive are contrasted by showing native cultures and suit-and-tie
cultures. Tribal customs and hut-dwelling are juxtaposed with modern
society's architecture, transportation and much more.
The film deals objectively with environment and religion. It makes a strong statement about the animal kingdom. In short, Baraka is a film about life. I highly recommend the film. It's seen best on a wide-screen tv or at the theatre.
This movie perked my interest because its title was also the name of a
character from Mortal Kombat. Of course, I now know it's a Sufi word for
something like "blessing." I'm willing to bet that some of the other
reviewers here at the IMDB first glanced at the flick for the same reason
did, and are too embarrassed to admit it. Heck, that could be the reason
you, the reader, are here. But enough with destroying my credibility! I
over the reviews, thought it looked interesting, and jumped at the chance
see it when I discovered a copy at a friend's house. She had gotten it
with her DVD player, and had never watched it.
To be fair, I saw this on a 13" TV, albeit one with very sharp picture quality and some good speakers. This is the kind of movie that would probably look better at an IMAX, which I'm guessing is where this movie originally played.
Baraka is not without merit. It looks great. Many individual sequences are quite memorable. Indeed, it's been a few months since I watched this, and the city streets, the chanting and rocking tribe, the chicken plant, and the pyre on the beach are still stuck in my head.
As a whole, however, it plays like National Geographic roulette- random shots of random, albeit beautiful, things without any sort of tour guide to help the viewer along. All the scenes are sorted out nicely, but when played together, it all gets kind of jumbled. It's hard to connect a coherent theme. I wonder who funded this, too - 70mm film isn't cheap.
The visual style and techniques range from impressive to somewhat mundane in parts. When it's good, it's very, very good. When it's not so good, it's not terrible, but it does make one wonder what might have been if either something was happening, or if those responsible would have gotten a little more creative with the directing and editing. I am by no means saying they should have made a commercial, MTV-style 96 minute music video (I prefer long shots to fast edits, and I hate MTV), but the scenes that stand out in my mind that I mentioned above are from when both the images and the editing were working together in top form. Some of the scenes here might as well have been from a slideshow.
The soundtrack is similar in quality to the visuals- depending on the scene, you are either entranced or wishing it was better.
Let's face it- you want to watch this movie because:
1) You like the whole different cultures, beautiful photography formula, in which case you might as well spend your time reading an issue of National Geographic
2) You're a new age hippie
3) You're a confused Mortal Kombat fan
All in all, there are better things out there than this movie. It looks nice, it sounds nice, it's pleasant to look at, but underneath- there's really not much holding it all together. Worth a rent, perhaps, but not really worth seeking out. NG is a much better, more insightful source of the same material. It is a nice experiment, though, and I'd like to see the formula refined and perfected so that we could get a true masterpiece in whatever genre this belongs in.
people don't feel like human beings unless those things do exist in their lives : * Order : which couldn't be achieved without "Respect" and there is no respect without "Morals" , and there wouldn't be morals without "Rules" to follow which means "order" !~! * Production : And that is what we are meant to do ... we are created to work * Civilization : people with no past has no future ... knowledge is the mile stone of civilization * Art : is the radical , ultimate reflection of civilization ... no matter which kind , what really matters is how does it represent you & the culture of your community ?! * Army : all of the above will be of no value without a proper defense * Union : the human is a weak creature who can't live alone , always needs support & interaction ... bonds between people are like spaces between atoms in a matter ... (the closer they are , the stronger it will be) !! * first of all and above all of that people need to "Believe" , they always need correction , rules to follow , brain searching for concept ,& heart seeking faith ... full their emptiness and feel like normal .. "Religion" is a collection of believes that shape our lives & without it we will be like dead bodies walking in an infinite dark road !!! "Baraka" : great tribute from the far east be to : " Ron Fricke " & "Michael Stearns" you are genius !
Baraka means blessing in many languages, and this documentary uses the
techniques used for Koyaanisqatsi, and it is not a surprise, given that
Ron Fricke was the main cinematographer of that film, and directed this
one in a similar manner, using time lapse cameras frequently.
There is no narration, only music, mostly of the soothing Zamfir pan flute variety, and Fricke traveled around the world to capture worshipers at the Wailing Wall, natives of Africa praying to the sky, and other forms of religion that are practiced across the planet.
The contrast of the major cities with scenes of men and women running like hungry little ants, with the serene footage of the beauty of nature works well. We also see the great destruction that we have caused with the rape of the earths natural resources. Maybe the leaders of every nation should be forced to watch Baraka, for a real education of what happens due to their careless policies.
"Baraka" is not a picture in the ordinary sense. Not a word is spoken,
there's no plot, not even a clear main thread throughout its one and a
half hour duration. However, in the Sufi language "Baraka" means "the
thread that weaves life together", and that's as close to an
introduction, summary or even meaning as you might get. What you
experience when watching suggests a view on the human condition as a
whole, seen through the lens of spirituality, but you be the judge of
that. There might be more or even something entirely different for you
to discover in the flood of impressions. Objectively the film is a
collection of breathtaking images, of landscapes, natural phenomena, of
people, cultures, performed rites all over the world, branching off to
rush hour mayhem filmed in time lapse, South American sweatshops with
thousands of workers putting cigarettes together, sorting chicken,
you'll see children begging on the streets, prostitutes waiting for
customers, right down to sights of the holocaust and the killing fields
The material was shot on six continents and 24 countries and while of course filtered and selected through the process of editing, representing no more than a subjective approach, the picture undoubtedly invites to reflect and meditate, also thanks to the ethereal music and sound effects. Some scenes leave deep impressions: Like an Indonesian monk tolling a bell intercut with an African youth jumping in imitation of a gazelle as part of a ritual - to name just one example. It's almost as if there's a hidden heartbeat somewhere in all of existence, and here's someone who at least made it possible to get a glimpse of it.
The way I view Baraka is that it is a moving photograph. Every single
frame of this motion picture is a candidate for a photography
exhibition. It is immensely interesting, expertly photographed and
edited. The camera always pans ever so gently, and some scenes which
are played in fast motion are amazing because of the intricate motion
of the camera over long periods of time.
Even though there is no voice over, the music conveys a mood for every shot. Over all, I felt that the director/photographer felt a sense of wonder towards the world, which he wanted to convey through this picture. The scene in the landfills of Kolkata, India conveyed profound sorrow at the lives wasted in performing the most useless of human tasks, while the scene of children playing in the urban landscape of Rio de Janerio, Brazil leaves one with a sense of joy.
The faces of the subjects in the movie tell stories, even though none of them speaks a word. The people in megalopolises, together with the people of the tribes tell the story of humanity.
This movie is a must have in the Blu-ray format.
This film even though now, 17 years old, inspires and fires the
unconscious like nothing I have ever seen. The director gets the
message through without one word being spoken.
There is scene after powerful scene of the state of mankind and its relative smallness in the scene of things.
Beautiful images kaleidoscope upon your consciousness, with the new age, world music that inspires and only leaves one with a true sense of breathlessness.
I am proud to be human in the sea of humanity even though my meager presence is only less than a atom in the sea of eternity.
Great movie. But, not for the uneducated and grunts who will only misunderstand it and wonder when does the movie begin.
Hmmm...what can I say about a film without dialogue, story or apparent
reason?; well first things first you DO NOT have to be a cinephile to
watch this. With the exception of Aronofsk's Requiem I normally do not
put films on for a second watch; but, and big but this is absolutely,
and wonderfully special.
If you watch this docu and switch off after 10 mins then fair play, if you watch it all the way then all I can say is take from it what you will. I ain't your master and nor is the director but hopefully you will sink into your sofa, grab a wine/coffee/herbal and just enjoy the splendour, beauty and heartache of this bewitching and important piece of film. If you don't wan't to even try it out then you are quite frankly on the wrong website - go read some red tops.
First, I agree with everyone else that this is a very moving film and had some of the most beautiful photography I've seen. I didn't find it uplifting however. Going from the tribal shots to the city shots really shows what direction the human race is going in. We have gone from tight-knit communities with close kinship and communal bonds to a society of distant looks and self-absorption. Specialization of labor has stripped many of their sense of purpose and mundane and repetitive work have crushed the souls of so many. We're headed towards unsustainability, and for me this film highlighted with alarming effectiveness just how much we've lost touch with our roots and our respect for everything else around us.
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