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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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Box Office

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

Baraka was the first film in over twenty years to be photographed in the 70mm Todd-AO format, an extremely high definition wide-screen film format developed in the mid 1950s. The previous film filmed in this particular format was The Last Valley (1971). See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in Rogue One (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Broken Vow - A Prayer of Kala Rupa / An Daorach Bheac
[Excerpt: "A Prayer of Kala Rupa" from "Sacred Ceremonies." Performed by The Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery ©1990 Fortuna Records]
Music Composed and performed by Michael Stearns
[Excerpt: "An Daorach Bheac", performed by Brother (Hamish Richardson, Angus Richardson, Fergus Richardson)]
(P)© Magidson Films, Inc. Manufactured under license from Varèse Sarabande Records, Inc. U.S.A. by Colosseum Music Entertainment GmbH, Germany
Edited By Miguel Rivera, Mastered By Joe Gastwirt
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An extraordinary trip
18 January 2004 | by zhiminhuSee 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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