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Life on Mars ?
Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of Double Helix

Good Bye Dolly
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The Loss of Columbia
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Pop Singer to Fly In Space
Great Ideas
Baraka

The Universe in a Nutshell
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Book: Darwin
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Baraka
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Baraka
DVD
(Special Collector's Edition)

 

BARAKA:
A HYPNOTIC SUMMARY OF THE WORLD IN 104 MINUTES



Watching "Baraka" is an unusual experience, closer to a mystic trance than to a common film-going.
In this hypnotic visual essay, the relationship between Man and the Earth is explored by photographer Ron Fricke, by means of careful editing and a haunting series of musics from around the world.

There is no dialogue, no plot, to characters. No actors.
Filmed in 24 countries and set to an ever-changing global soundtrack, the movie draws some surprising connections between various peoples and the spaces they inhabit, whether that space is a lonely mountaintop, a crowded cigarette factory or a busy crossroad somewhere in the US.

The word Baraka means "blessing" in several languages; watching this film, the viewer is blessed with a dazzling barrage of images that transcend language.

Amazing connections are proposed to the viewer by careful editing: for instance, an early sequence segues between the daily devotions of Tibetan monks, Orthodox Jews, and whirling dervishes, finding more similarity among these rituals than one might expect.

Other amazing moments include sped-up footage of a busy Hong Kong intersection revealing a beautiful symmetry to urban life that could only be appreciated from the perspective of film.... The director also invented new photographic devices to be able to obtain the effects he wanted, playing with slow and fast motion in pictures, to bring out the regularities in them.

The sense of mesmerizing confusion and de-location is entirely wanted. Cinematographer Ron Fricke explains that the effect was intentional: "It's not where you are that's important, it's what's there." And what's here, in Baraka, is a whole anthropological essay summed up in 104 minutes... definitely, to be seen!

Baraka
VHS

The word Baraka means "blessing" in several languages; watching this film, the viewer is blessed with a dazzling barrage of images that transcend language. Filmed in 24 countries and set to an ever-changing global soundtrack, the movie draws some surprising connections between various peoples and... Read more

 

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