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Samsara (2011)

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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director:

Ron Fricke

Writers:

Ron Fricke (concept and treatment written by), Mark Magidson (concept and treatment written by)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Balinese Tari Legong Dancers ... Dancers: Indonesia
Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi ... Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Puti Sri Candra Dewi Puti Sri Candra Dewi ... Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Putu Dinda Pratika Putu Dinda Pratika ... Dancer: Valinese Tari Legong Dancers, Indonesia
Marcos Luna Marcos Luna ... Tattoo Daddy: USA
Hiroshi Ishiguro ... Professor and Robot Clone: Japan (as Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro)
Olivier De Sagazan Olivier De Sagazan ... Man At Desk: France
Ladyboys of Cascade Bar Ladyboys of Cascade Bar ... Dancers: Thailand
Kikumaru Kikumaru ... Geisha: Japan
Crisanto Neire ... Lead Singer: Cebu Provincial Detenton Center, Philippines
Robert Henline Robert Henline ... U>S> Army Veteran: USA (as Staff Sergeant Robert Henline)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tai Lihua ... Lead Dancer: 1000 Habds Goddess Dance, China (as Iai Lihua)
Collin Alfredo St. Dic Collin Alfredo St. Dic ... Self / Cyclist (as Collin St. Dic)
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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing and sexual images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

For several years the filmmakers attempted to secure permission to film in North Korea, but were ultimately denied access. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dog's, People and Other Life (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Call to Prayer
Performed by Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra of Bosnia Herzegovina
Arranged by Resad Arnautive
Published by Sounds True
Courtesy of Sounds True, Inc.
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13 August 2012 | by muthyalaSee all my reviews

Just watched the Sky Screening at Greenwich-O2. Thank you Sky for the ticket.

Amazing movie with great visuals (mind it... no added CG). The time lapse sequences were simply amazing. Can totally believe that it took 5 years to complete the picturization. Every second spent on creating this visual symphony is worth it. Real impressed with the production team's reach. They even managed to capture amazing sequences from within a jail in China.

Now I need to find a way of watching this team's 1992 movie 'Baraka'. I sincerely hope that it is commercially successful so that, we can see more from this amazing team.


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Release Date:

23 August 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Indonesia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,222, 26 August 2012

Gross USA:

$2,672,413

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,426,444
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (8 channels)| Datasat | Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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