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Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  23 August 2012 (Germany)
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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

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Credited cast:
Balinese Tari Legong Dancers ...
Dancers: Indonesia
Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi ...
Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Puti Sri Candra Dewi ...
Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Putu Dinda Pratika ...
Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Marcos Luna ...
Tattoo Daddy: USA
Hiroshi Ishiguro ...
Professor and Robot Clone: Japan (as Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro)
Olivier De Sagazan ...
Mat At Desk: France
Ladyboys of Cascade Bar ...
Dancers: Thailand
Kikumaru ...
Geisha: Japan
Crisanto Neire ...
Lead Singer: Cebu Provincial Detenton Center, Philippines
Robert Henline ...
U>S> Army Veteran: USA (as Staff Sergeant Robert Henline)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tai Lihua ...
Lead Dancer: 1000 Habds Goddess Dance, China (as Iai Lihua)
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Himself / Cyclist (as Collin St. Dic)
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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and sexual images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 August 2012 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Samsara - A lét örök körforgása  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$105,000 (USA) (31 August 2012)

Gross:

$2,601,847 (USA) (21 December 2012)
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According to the filmmakers, Michael Stearns (composer) created his original score for Samsara after the film had been "silently edited" by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson. This is different from their previous collaboration on Baraka (1992) where visuals were largely edited to a soundtrack. See more »

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Performed by Ayub Ogada
Written by Ayub Ogada and Mbarak Achieng
Published by Womad Music, Ltd
(Admin by EMI-Virgin Songs, Inc.) (BMI)
Courtesy of Real World Records
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23 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

S A M S A R A (my little review)

Ron Fricke, creator of the films Chaos and Baraka creates a tour de sympathy with his third, evocative, deeply stirring, film Samsara, a movie that points directly at personal responsibility, empowerment, and the price of thoughtless consumption, attachment, creation of ideologies to supplant a close relationship with life, but also a sort of raging against the dying of the light... and those who pay the price in society... the spirit of man, the animals we share this planet with, women, children and nature itself...

First off I would recommend this movie, this beautiful movie shot in 70mm full of color and feeling, that traverses the globe, and one's own heart. The film makes a Tibetan sand mandala of us all, blossoms a petal of truth within, then wipes away the dross...

I believe there is not only a definite thread to follow, but it's rather like seeing a natural singularity becoming split into the myriad activities of all humanity, the occurring entanglements, and then how it comes back together into the singularity within the heart, the seat of the soul. We always have a choice to diverge or to return to the inlet of our spiritual sea, the remembrance of our natural state as humanity... I believe the movie gets this across in such a beautiful and simple way that it's life changing. I don't think everyone will get it in the moment, I believe a seed will be planted in some, watered in others, and blossom in others, but for each where they stand, the movie will meet you where you are if you are open to its message.

Go see this movie.


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