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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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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Director Ron Fricke invented a special time lapse camera just to make this film as he found the IMAX cameras too cumbersome. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Featured in Alpha Centauri (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

African Journey
(from Exotic Dance")
Composed and Performed By Anugama (aka Werner Hagen) & Sebastiano
Courtesy of Higher Octave Music and Meistersinger Musik
©(p) 1989 Published and Produced by Meistersinger Musik, West-Germany
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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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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

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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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