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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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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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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,250,322
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Magidson Films See more »
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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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Trivia

The eclipse shoot almost didn't made in to the final work. The crew went to Hawai and had their spot on a hotel rooftop, but almost an hour before the eclipse clouds moved in and immediately the sun disappeared. Everyone in the hotel tried to find a better location and only the film crew stayed after a huge discussion. Minutes from the eclipse the sky cleared for shooting and the final result is in the film. See more »

Goofs

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

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Featured in Lucy (2014) See more »

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Host of Seraphim
by Dead Can Dance
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PERFECTION! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.
29 March 2000 | by FredichiSee all my reviews

Very few movies can actually be truly inspirational. A lot of movies make you feel good while watching it. This is different. This movie can breathe life back into your soul. It will brighten your outlook. It will make you think and keep you thinking long after the movie has ended. And even the most bitter of cynics (like me) cannot deny it's beauty. It will always remain one of my favorites. I cannot make it my favorite movie since it is so powerful and different I don't consider it a movie but an experience. It requires just a smidge of patience to suck you into it. But once it does you cannot avert your eyes. The most spectacular images ever. Not an ounce of pretention to it. No hollwood bull. Brilliant. Moving music. Do not miss this!!!! If you have a DVD buy this one. Watching it on a small screen will severely cut it's impact.


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