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Samsara -- Filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70mm film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
Samsara -- Filmed over a period of five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on 70mm film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
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Director:
Writers:
Ron Fricke (concept and treatment written by)
Mark Magidson (concept and treatment written by)
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Release Date:
23 August 2012 (Germany) See more »
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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. | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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:

Collin Alfredo ... Himself / Cyclist (as Collin St. Dic)
Tai Lihua ... Lead Dancer: 1000 Habds Goddess Dance, China (as Iai Lihua)

Directed by
Ron Fricke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ron Fricke  concept and treatment written by
Mark Magidson  concept and treatment written by

Produced by
Salim Amin .... location producer: Ethiopia, CamreaPix
Suha Arraf .... location producer: Israel
Keiko Hagihara Bang .... location producer: South Korea, Bang Singapore Pte (as Keiko Bang)
Leigh Clarke .... location producer: United Arab Emirates, Filmworks Dubai
Myles Connolly .... line producer
Bianca Costa .... location producer: Brazil, Copacabala Films & Production
Touré Ousmane Diadié .... location producer: Mali
J.C. Earle .... associate producer (as John Chandler Earle)
Deborah Gabinetti .... location producer: Indonesia
Hala Galal .... location producer: Egyt, Semat Production &Distribution
Rasmini Gardiner .... location producer: Indonesia
Dan Halsted .... consulting producer
Kim Hansen .... location producer: Denmark, Ceenema
Winifred Hmensa .... location producer: Ghana, PaperKut Limited
Genevieve Hofmeyr .... location producer: Nambia, Moonlighting Film
Miles Johnson .... location producer: Thailand, Bullet Productions
Ann L. Kalber .... location producer: Hawaii
Mick Kalber .... location producer: Hawaii
Richard Kipnis .... location producer: Japan, Virgin Earth
Ute Leonhardt .... location producer: Italy, Panorama Films
Samanna Lui .... location producer: Hong Kong
Mark Magidson .... producer
Michael Neale .... associate producer: Los Angeles
Maria Polotan .... location producer: Phillipines
Marco Valerio Pugini .... location producer: Italy, Panorama Films (as Marco Valerio Pugnini)
Christopher Reyna .... imaging producer
Ghassan Salti .... producer: Jordan. Film Crew TV Productions
Zulfikar Shahnawaz .... location producer: Saudi Arabia, Madarat Productions
Dileep Singh Rathore .... line producer: India, On The Road Productions
Tim Smythe .... location producer: United Arab Emirates, Filmworks Dubai
Thananath Songchaikul .... location producer: Thailand, Bullet Productions
Sonny Nyunt Thein .... location producer: Mayanmar
Amadou Thiam .... location producer: Mali
Sushil Tyagi .... location producer: India, On The Road Productions
Jean Manuel Vignau .... location producer: France (as Jean-Manuel Vignau)
Dylan Voogt .... location producer: Nambia, Moonlighting Film
Noah Weinzweig .... producer: China, Teneighty Productions
Aydan Özbalkan .... location producer: Turkey
 
Original Music by
Marcello De Francisci 
Lisa Gerrard 
Michael Stearns 
 
Cinematography by
Ron Fricke 
 
Film Editing by
Ron Fricke 
Mark Magidson 
 
Production Management
Christopher Reyna .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist (as James Baily)
J.C. Earle .... location sound recordist (as John Chandler Earle)
Kaspar Hugentobler .... sound recordist
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Albert Michael Idioma .... location sound recordist (as Michael Idioma)
Jon Johnson .... sound effects editor
Michael Magidson .... additional foley
Michael Magidson .... location sound recordist
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Angelo Palazzo .... sound effects editor
Miguel Rivera .... sound designer
Miguel Rivera .... sound effects editor
Miguel Rivera .... supervising sound editor
Will Staszak .... location sound recordist
Michael Stearns .... sound designer
Trevor Ward .... dolby sound consultant
 
Visual Effects by
Susan Alexander .... visual effects producer: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services (as Sue Alexander)
Jenny Head Appleton .... visual effects producer: 4k image processing, Spy Post
Jonathan Block .... 3d animator: main and end titles, Picture Mill
Jay Cox .... 65mm line-up: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services
Sean Cox .... digital artist: 4k image processing, Griffiti Studios
Frank Fieser .... digital artist: 4k image processing, Griffiti Studios
Greg Gilmore .... flame compositor: 4k image processing, Spy Post
Michael L. Griffin .... 65mm line-up: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services (as Mike Griffin)
Amy Hollywood Wixson .... senior visual effects producer: 4k image processing, Spy Post
Rick Lopez .... scanning: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services
Paul McGhee .... scanning: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services
Les Meek .... scanning: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services
Jesse Morrow .... digital artist: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Rob Nederhorst .... visual effects supervisor: 4k image processing, Griffiti Studios
John Nicolard .... head of digital production: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services
Darren Orr .... visual effects supervisor: 4k image processing, Spy Post
Daniel Rapo .... visual effects producer: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services
Bill Schultz .... general manager: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services
Rene Simen .... digital artist: 4k scanning & 4k image processing, FotoKem Digital Film Services
Micole Toyloy .... digital paint artist: 4k image processing, Spy Post
Paul Winze .... visual effects producer: 4k image processing, Griffiti Studios
Nelson Yu .... animator: main and end titles, Picture Mill
Donald Strubler Jr. .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Siddhartha Abbazi .... additional camera assistant (as Siddhartha Abbazzi)
Kenneth C. Barrows .... 65mm senior camera engineer (as Ken Barrows)
Shane Combs .... lead machinist: 65mm motion control time lapse camera system
Michael DelTorre .... camera prep technician (as Michael Delatorre)
J.C. Earle .... first assistant camera (as John Chandler Earle)
J.C. Earle .... gaffer (as John Chandler Earle)
Alexander Falk .... second assistant camera
Stephen Franklin .... additional camera assistant
Ron Fricke .... designer: 65mm motion control time lapse camera system
Dylan Goss .... aerial photography: Dubaï
Rob Greiner .... motion control software programming: Smart Engineering
Hillary Hanak .... electrician: California
Brian L. Hauge .... electrician: California
Travis Huston .... grip: California (as ravis 'Trigger; Huston)
Igori Kamoevi .... grip: California
Justin Thomas Ostensen .... additional camera assistant
Greg Reilman .... 65mm camera service manager
Dan Sasaki .... 65mm camera lens designer and engineer
 
Editorial Department
Andy Chua .... data management: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Chris Clark .... color science: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
J.C. Earle .... additional editor (as John Chandler Earle)
Jeff Heacock .... lab manager: 65mm film services, Fotokem
Tim Heugele .... digital intermediate data management: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Jim Houston .... digital intermediate engineer: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Grant Janssen .... digital intermediate engineer: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks (as Grant Jansen)
Kevin Lomet .... digital intermediate assistant: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Greg Mucino .... digital intermediate data management: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Maureen O'Connor .... digital intermediate producer: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Andrew Oran .... operations: 65mm film services, Fotokem
Sara Pasanen .... ocn lineup: 65mm film services, Fotokem
John Persichetti .... digital intermediate colorist: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Vince Roth .... technical director: 65mm film services, Fotokem
Cat Rowe .... digital intermediate assistant: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks (as Kat Rowe)
Jason Saulog .... digital intermediate conformist: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Benjamin Sutor .... digital intermediate conformist: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Robert Tomaszewski .... telecine operator: 65mm film services, Fotokem
Erin White .... data transfer editor: 65mm film services, Fotokem
Gwili Wilson .... digital intermediate assistant: 4k digital intermediate services, Colorworks
Bill Young .... conform qc editor (as William Young)
Kristen Zimmerman .... color timer: 65mm film services, Fotokem
 
Music Department
Paul Abell .... bell collection
Zuleikha Bethami .... consultant: source music
David Brownlow .... music recordist: dharamsala monk recordings
Marcello De Francisci .... music mixer: Ross 424
Marcello De Francisci .... musician: charango, viola, percussion
Lisa Gerrard .... musician: vocals
Kaspar Hugentobler .... music editor: Ross 424
Mark Magidson .... musical director
Don Markese .... musician: flutes on 'Food Chain'
James Orr .... additional music engineer: Ross 424
Amir Pakrooh .... musician: Persian ney flute on ;Dubai;
Michael Stearns .... music editor: Ross 424
Michael Stearns .... music mixer: Ross 424
Michael Stearns .... musical director
Nancie Stern .... music clearances: Music Resources
Vidia Wesenlund .... musician: vocals on 'Pagan, ' 'Katrina, ' 'Organics' and 'St Peters'
 
Other crew
Iris Azadi .... junior title designer: P{icture Mill
Shel Bachrach .... insurance: Bachrach & Associates
Ayesha Chagla .... production coordinator - UAE
David Clayton .... title designer: Picture Mill
Nina Huang Fan .... fixer
Bryan Gardiner .... location scout: New Orleans
Linda Giella .... lead researcher
Michelle Grenier .... internet presence assistant
Paul Harper .... production assistant
Heidi Kettler .... internet presence consultant
Ron Hess .... insurance: Bachrach & Associates
James Hornstein .... legal: Lapidus, Root, Franklin & Sacharow
Elly Jonez .... internet presence consultant
Ryan Key .... production assistant
Paul Kimball .... production assistant
Aaron Krinsky .... production assistant
Manjari Makijany .... production coordinator: india
Clark McClutcheon .... legal: Lapidus, Root, Franklin & Sacharow
David Midgen .... titles producer: Picture Mill
William Osborne .... production accountant: Gorelick & Uslaner
Derek Ostensen .... production assistant
Michelle Peele .... production coordinator
Peggy Robinson .... additional research
Henry Root .... legal: Lapidus, Root, Franklin & Sacharow (as Henry W. Root)
Ghassan Salti .... production consultant: Turkey
Rachel Siegal .... visa services: Intercontinental Visa Service
Barkin Smith .... legal: Lapidus, Root, Franklin & Sacharow
Jill L. Smith .... legal: Lapidus, Root, Franklin & Sacharow (as Jill Smith)
Jonathan Sokol .... legal: Greenberg Glusker
Beverly Soo Hoo .... production accountant: Gorelick & Uslaner
Will Staszak .... production assistant
Carey Ann Strelecki .... research consultant
Christine Wright .... insurance: Bachrach & Associates
Marianna Yarovskaya .... researcher
Khaled Zaazouh .... production assistant: Dubai
 
Thanks
Saddam Badreddine .... special thanks
Deanna Born .... thanks
Manuel Cadaval .... thanks
Camille Cellucci .... thanks
Joe Hall .... thanks
Cynthia Hardy .... thanks
John Hardy .... thanks
Ami Haruna .... special thanks
Iris Ichishita .... thanks
David Magidson .... thanks
Michael Magisdon .... thanks
Vivian Vivona .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and sexual images
Runtime:
102 min
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (8 channels) | Datasat
Certification:
Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Denmark:7 | Ireland:12A | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:PG-13
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
For several years the filmmakers attempted to secure permission to film in North Korea, but were ultimately denied access.See more »
Movie Connections:
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Is the "prison dance" real? In which country does it take place?
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74 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely incredible, 2 September 2012
Author: Elizabeth Mironova from Seattle, WA

My boyfriend and I went to see this at the Cinerama in Seattle. For those wanting to see this movie, I highly recommend seeing it in a theater, if possible. It's one that needs to be watched on a big screen with a great sound system to add to the amazing visual and auditory impact. It was also thought provoking and gave us plenty to think about and discuss afterward.

Visually, this movie is one of the best I've ever seen. The time lapse photography as well as the vivid colors and detail... I don't even know how to describe it, as it was like nothing I've ever seen before.

This film screams loudly, despite the fact that not a single word is spoken. It's a journey around the world, showing the immense beauty and the grotesque horrors of humanity, interspersed with stunning natural landscapes and the fallout of natural disaster. Nothing is held back from us and, rather than make a specific point, each viewer is able to take from the film what speaks to them. The filmmakers were able to show some incredible juxtapositions and contradictions, calling into question much of what we take for granted and don't bother to contemplate. On more than one occasion, I was moved to tears, either by the sheer beauty of the scene or out of pure disgust.

The score was so perfectly matched to the scenery that, in some places, it was impossible to believe that the music was not present when the scenes were filmed.

This is definitely a must see and I sincerely hope that we'll be treated to another installment from the filmmaker.

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