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Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 19 November 1993 (USA)
A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director:

Ron Fricke

Writers:

Ron Fricke (concept), Mark Magidson (concept) | 7 more credits »
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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 Balinese Hindu men perform kecak, the 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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Taglines:

A world beyond words.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The city Istanbul is misspelled in the movie twice, as Instanbul. See more »

Connections

References Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Wipala
from Land of Incas
Composed by Gonzalo Vargas
Performed by Inkuyo
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User Reviews

A masterpiece! Spiritually uplifting. Touches the heart and soul deeply.
26 August 2000 | by nz manSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baraka See more »

Filming Locations:

Rajasthan, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,812, 26 September 1993

Gross USA:

$1,332,110

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,332,110
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Magidson Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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