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Baraka (1992)

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

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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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A world beyond words.

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,250,322
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Trivia

The shot with the monk at the streets of Tokyo was unplanned. The crew went to a factory for filming but after many hours of searching ideas, they disbanded the place, finding it unsuitable for filming. Getting back to the hotel Mark Magidson saw the monk walking and stopped the cars and asked Ron Fricke to film him. After many minutes of footages at the end the crew gave the monk some money and left. The monk never stopped his prayer and never looked into the camera. See more »

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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 »


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Wipala
from Land of Incas
Composed by Gonzalo Vargas
Performed by Inkuyo
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An extraordinary trip
18 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

During the 96 minutes, I feel like a bird crossing time and space.

I was amazed by the images and the camera technique. For just a few second images, the filmmaker have to overcome how many difficulties! What a spectacular job!

Moreover, the questions it brings to me strike me, and it makes me rethink about the human life. The contrast between the worlds and the cultures punch me so hard.

This movie is absolutely in my collection.


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