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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baraka - Eine Welt jenseits der Worte See more »

Filming Locations:

Rajasthan, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,332,110
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Magidson Films See more »
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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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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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Rasa Yatra (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Honshirabe
Performed by Kohachiro Miyata
Courtesy of Elektra Nonesuch Explorer Series
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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very defensive reviews
5 January 2004 | by The SheenSee all my reviews

i've noticed quite a few people are sick and tired of the message this film was allegedly trying to hammer home. you folks need to relax. it's nothing more than a collage of images showing an extremely broad range of subjects. i personally thought it was extremely well made and i did think it was visually stunning and the music was also excellent. so it included kids picking through landfills. so what? it's something that goes on in our world and the director wisely chose to include it. i never got the impression that someone was trying to tell me that technology is responsible. it showed busy city streets, and it also showed serene mountain and jungle environments. was it trying to convince me one should be chosen over the other? i didn't think it was. it was doing what the film's creators were trying to do.... show various aspects of life. different going on's in our world. what was the point of showing jews at worship in jerusalem? what was the point of showing monks going about their daily lives? how about the funeral pyre in india (i'm assuming that was india)? people walking down sidewalks? was the director trying to tell anyone "technology bad!". none of these subjects have anything to do with technology. if you got the "technology bad!" message, then you're probably a little hypersensitive and are trying to defend yourself against accusations that haven't been made (at least not by this film). reading way too much into a collection of predominantly neutral and stunning images from around the world.

the sheen


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