Baraka

Last updated by Darren on 30 September 2011

Baraka cover from Blu Ray

Baraka is an incredible nonverbal film containing images of 24 countries from 6 continents, created by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with music from Michael Stearns and others. The film has no plot, contains no actors and has no script.  Instead, high quality 70mm images show some of the best, and worse, parts of nature and human life.  Timelapse is used heavily to show everyday life from a different perspective.  Baraka is often considered a spiritual film.

Baraka is now available on Blu Ray DVD

Baraka Blu Ray

Baraka has finally got a Blu Ray transfer, allowing the film to be seen in the quality that it was intended.

A unique 8K ultradigital transfer system was developed especially for Baraka to capture it to Blu Ray.

The new release includes 80 minutes of new bonus features.

The disc comes in 100% recycled material.

Order on Amazon.com for just $15.98, and Amazon.co.uk for just £12.98.

Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, which can be translated as "a blessing, or as the breath, or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds."  For many people Baraka is the definitive film in this style. Breathtaking shots from around the world show the beauty and destruction of nature and humans. Coupled with an incredible soundtrack including on site recordings of The Monks Of The Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery.

Baraka is evidence of a huge global project fueled by a personal passion for the world and visual art. Working on a reported US$4 million budget, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with a three-person crew, swept through 24 countries in 14 months to make this stunning film.

One of the very last films shot in the expensive TODD-AO 70mm format, Ron Fricke developed a computer-controlled camera for the incredible time-lapse shots, including New York's Park Avenue rush hour traffic and the crowded Tokyo subway platforms.

Some people find the lack of context in Baraka occasionally frustrating, not knowing where a section was filmed, or the meaning of the ritual taking place. However, the DVD version includes a short behind-the-scenes featurette in which cinematographer Ron Fricke explains that the effect was intentional. "It's not where you are that's important, it's what's there."

The DVD also includes behind the scenes footage, including scenes of the grueling shoot at Ayer's Rock in Australia, when a plague of flies of Biblical proportions made it impossible to film until they rigged up a vacuum to suck the bugs away from the lens.

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Overview

For me Baraka is the pinnacle of these films. The quality of the cinematography is outstanding. Shots flip from solitary Monks to crowded streets from great temples to images of war firing a hundred and one thoughts in your mind that you never complete. 

Baraka is not just about what you are seeing, It is also about how it is presented. Shots of monks will make you grab your backpack and head for Asia as soon as the film finishes, but you never make it as the shots of post war Kuwait and the refuse dumps of Calcutta remind you that us humans are far from perfect.  The decision to use the Todd-70mm format film could never have been easy. The extra cost and work is clearly worth it though, it leaves its mark against all of the other films.

Images

Tibetan monastery
Tibetan monastery
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Himalayan Mountains
Himalayan Mountains
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Mt. Everest, North Face
Mt. Everest, North Face
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the light & darkness of mankind
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Kathmandu, Durbar square
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Patan, Nepal
Patan, Nepal
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A yogi in India
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Hebrew Sidor
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Peace, wisdom
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Hong Kong
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Tokyo, Japan, the rush hour
Tokyo, Japan, the rush hour
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calm before the storm
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Prambanan Temple
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Borobodur, Java, Indonesia
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Prambanan, Java, Indonesia
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Kecak Dance, Bali
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Bromo caldera Java
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Mt Bromo, Java, Indonesia
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Volcanoes in Hawaii
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Galapagos Islands
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Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
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Aborigine, Australia
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Kayapo tribe, Brazil
Kayapo tribe, Brazil
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Yanomami Tribe
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Ghana, Africa: Ashanti Tribe
Ghana, Africa: Ashanti Tribe
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yanomami tribe ,BRAZIL
yanomami tribe ,BRAZIL
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wristwatch metaphor?
wristwatch metaphor?
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Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
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A herd of Impalas in Kenya.
A herd of Impalas in Kenya.
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RainForest, Brazil
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Amazon tribe in Brazil
Amazon tribe in Brazil
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slumses in Brazil
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Favela in Rio, Brazil
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Kowloon, Hong Kong
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picture of Jesus
picture of Jesus
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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New York City
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Shinjuku Rail Station, Tokyo
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Park Ave. NYC
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Untouchables in Calcutta
Untouchables in Calcutta
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Av. São João, São Paulo
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Midtown, Sao Pulo, Brazil.
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Ecuator
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Kuwaiti, Iraq: oil fire
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Killing Fields, Cambodia.
Killing Fields, Cambodia.
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This is not the Philippines
This is not the Philippines
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Tiananmen Square, Beijing
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Xian, China: Taracotta Army
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Persepolis, Iran
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Egypt
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Ta Prohm (Angkor), Cambodia
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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India, Ganges river
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Total eclipse of the Sun
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dance of Dervishes
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Interviews

Here are some great interviews with the film makers.  Taken from the DVD extras.

 

Visual images include...

Tibetan monks, Orthodox Jews, Whirling Dervishes, a solar eclipse, Buddhist monks, African tribal rituals, Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, rain forests, Ayers Rock, Big Sur country, Hawaiian volcanoes, Brazilian slums, time-lapse footage of car and pedestrian traffic, post-Persian Gulf War shots of Kuwait's burning oil fields, burning-of-the-dead ceremonies on the Ganges, refuse dumps of Calcutta, Auschwitz, Egyptian Pyramids, Angkor Wat, Mount Everest, Tuol Sleng in Cambodia, Indonesian factory workers.

Soundtrack

Baraka has a stunning and varied soundtrack.  Primarily composed by Michael Stearns, but also including contributions from many other artists and performers.  Buy the soundtrack here.

The Book

'Baraka a visual journal' is a book containing 58 original still photographs taken by Mark Magidson during the journey that created the film. Buy the book here. The images vary greatly with content and style, from Black and white to colour, from letter box to full page. The book contains passages where Magidson describes the film and its meaning. It also has 36 small shots, with descriptions showing the people and equipment that made the film. I would strongly recommend the book to anyone who has a passion for the film. It is very nicely printed on Monadnock Dulcet and bound in Asahi Cloth, produced by St. Anne's Press.

Samsara - the sequel

Ron Fricke is working on a sequel to Baraka entitled Samsara.

Credits

Directed and filmed by Ron Fricke.

Produced by Mark Magidson.

Edited by Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson and David Aubrey.

Production supervised by Alton Walpole.

Music by Michael Stearns, Dead Can Dance, David Hykes/The Harmonic Choir, Somet Satoh, Anugama & Sebastiano, Kohachiro Miyata, Inkuyo, L. Subramaniam, Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery, Rustavi Choir, Ciro Hurtado, Brother.

Read the complete credits and awards

Filming locations

  • Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Centre, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Ahmadi, Kuwait| American Express Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Angkor Thom, Cambodia
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Angkor, Cambodia
  • Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA
  • Auschwitz, Poland
  • Australia
  • Auytthaya Province, Thailand
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Bang Pa-ln, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Barrio Mapasingue, Ecuador
  • Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Bayon, Cambodia
  • Beijing, China
  • Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Big Sur, California, USA
  • Bodnath, Nepal
  • Borobudur, Indonesia
  • Burgan Field, Kuwait
  • Bytom, Poland
  • Caiapó Village, Pará, Brazil
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Calcutta, West Bengal, India
  • Caldad Blanca Cementerio, Ecuador
  • Candi Nandi, Indonesia
  • Candi Perwara, Indonesia
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle, Arizona, USA
  • Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah, USA
  • Carajás Animal Reserve, Pará, Brazil
  • Cathedral, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France
  • Cathedral, Reims, Marne, France
  • Central Australia, Australia
  • Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Israel
  • City of the Dead, Egypt
  • Cocinda, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Durbar Square, Nepal
  • Emam Mosque, Iran
  • Empire State Building - 350 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Favela da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Galata Mevlevi Temple, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ganges River, India
  • General De Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Ghats, India
  • Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Great Hall of the People, China
  • Green Plaza Capsule Hotel, Japan
  • Greenhaven Correctional Facility, Greenhaven, New York, USA
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Haleakalä National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA
  • Hanuman Ghat, Nepal
  • Helmsley Building - 250 Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Himalayas, Nepal
  • Hokke-Ji Temple, Japan
  • Iguazú waterfalls, Argentina
  • Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Isfahan, Iran
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • JR Shinjuku Station, Japan
  • JVE Yokosuka Factory, Japan
  • Jadarta-Istigial Mosque, Indonesia
  • Jahra Road - Mitla Ridge, Kuwait
  • Java, Indonesia
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jim Jim Falls, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Jogjakarta-Prambanan, Indonesia
  • Kailashnath Temple, India
  • Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Kasunanan Palace, Indonesia| Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kediri Tabanan, Indonesia
  • Kediri-Gudang Gama Cigarette Factory, Indonesia
  • Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, USA
  • Kona, Hawai`i, Hawaii, USA
  • Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  • Kunwarde Hwarde Valley, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Lake Magadi, Kenya
  • Lake Natron, Tanzania
  • Li River, China
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Luxor, Egypt
  • Mancan Padi, Indonesia
  • Mara Kichwan Tembo Manyatta, Kenya
  • Mara Rianta Manyatta, Kenya
  • Massai Mara, Kenya
  • Maui, Hawaii, USA
  • Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Meiji Shrine, Japan
  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA
  • Mount Everest, Nepal
  • Mount Tramserku, Nepal
  • Mt. Bromo Valley, Indonesia
  • NMB Factory, Thailand
  • Nagano Springs, Japan
  • Nara, Japan
  • National Museum of India, New Delhi, India
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Nittaku, Japan
  • Northern Territory, Australia
  • Oakland, California, USA
  • Pasupati, Nepal| Patpong, Thailand
  • Peabody Coal Mine, Black Mesa, Arizona, USA
  • Persepolis, Iran
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
  • Presh Khan, Cambodia
  • Pu`u`ö`ö, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai`i, Hawaii, USA
  • Pyramids at Giza, Egypt
  • Qin Shi Huang, China
  • Quilin, China
  • Ramasseum, Egypt
  • Reims, Marne, France
  • Represa Samuel/Dam & Lake, Rondônia, Brazil
  • Rio Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Ryoan-Ji Temple, Japan
  • Sangho-Ji Temple, Japan
  • Shahcherach Mosque, Iran
  • Shiprock, New Mexico, USA
  • Shiraz, Iran
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Soi Cowboy, Thailand
  • Sonsam Kosal Killing Fields, Cambodia
  • Sormville, New York, USA
  • St. Peter Basilica, Vatican City
  • Swayambhu, Nepal
  • São Paulo City, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Ta Proum, Cambodia
  • Tampak Siring, Indonesia
  • Tegal Allang, Indonesia
  • Temple Gunung Kawi, Indonesia
  • Temple of Karnak, Egypt
  • Temple of Luxor, Egypt
  • Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
  • Tiwi Tribe, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Tomoe Shizung & Hakutobo, Japan
  • Tonle Omm Gate, Cambodia
  • Tuol Sleng Museum, Cambodia
  • Uluru / Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Uluru National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Uluwatu, Indonesia
  • Vandharajan Temple, Varanasi, India
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Vatican City
  • Wat Arun, Thailand
  • Wat Suthat, Thailand
  • Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel
  • White House, Arizona, USA
  • World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Xi'an, China
  • Yamanouchi-Machi Town Office, Japan
  • Yellow Water, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Zoujou-Ji Temple, Japan

watch this movie is like a life journey...
and you never want to stop again!!!

I made a 10 month journey traveling around the world in 1989-90 and shortly after coming back home i went to a cinema to see Baraka and i have been blowed out by these amazing images many of them i had seen them in my trip. Today i teatch the sound capture in a college and once a year as a gift i show this movie to my students telling them to look at the images and mostly to listen to the soundtrack of this film. Most of them get out of this course transformed. I still don't know how you can have travellings shots so perfect at the same time you have a time lapse. You must be very well equiped to do such beauty shot. My dream would be to work with a team like yours. Pretty lucky director of photography. I am eager to see Samsara in blu ray. I will have a little thought for you! Thanks!

This is an extraordinary film with No Actors, No Plot and No Script.
One of the best candy camera in Widescreen.
The music is simply delightful.

I'm waiting with excitement the imminent release of Samsara (14 January 2013).

A BIG THANK YOU.. To RON FRICKE (Director) and MICHAEL STERNS (Music).

All THE BEST..

Sergio Secondin

This movie changed my life in ways i've never expected to. In first place gave me a wonderful lesson about the place where we live (earth), but also made me realize my goal in this life: make documentaries. :)

I'm from Argentina, so excuse me if my english is bad, i dream about see Samsara in a Theatre some day but there aren't screenings over here...so i expect to win the dvd copy at least so i can see it in my place.

Hi there,
Great film. Just saw Samsara last night in the cinema also! Brilliant!
Just enquiring about the possibility of screening Baraka for a community event and how we go about paying for screening rights.
I have already ordered both Baraka and Samsara DVD's so it would just be a matter of getting authorisation to show and paying screening rights.
Many thanks

Hi Dusan

You can contact the Baraka team at their website: http://barakasamsara.com/contact

Could you please make Baraka and Samsara available via iTunes so that I can purchase them for viewing on my Apple TV?

How long did it take to edit the film? Thanks.

Hello,
I was wondering what might be involved to do a showing at one of our university events. Thank you!
Best,
J

Hi Jen

If you wish to show Baraka I can put you in touch with the people to give you permission.

Regards

Darren

Dear Darren,
That would be wonderful, thank you!
Best,
Jen

Hi Darren, I have been unable to locate the copyright holder's information. Could you please pass along my information to them? We are interested in showing the film for an ASU event. Thank you, Patrick.

Hi Patrick

I have forwarded your message to them.

Regards

Darren

i wait in excitement to see samsara Baraka is a spiritually uplifting experience and i am sure samsara goes beyond it

i wait in excitement to see samsara Baraka is a spiritually uplifting experience and i am sure samsara goes beyond it

Quakers in King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK are organising an event with sustainability as the theme, trying to gather and inspire local groups and individuals to share our efforts towards living in harmony with the earth. We would love to be able to show Baraka as part of the event, but I have not been able to find out about the copyright issues. We would be very grateful for advice and information.
Thanks.

Hi

I have forwarded your message to the copyright holders of Baraka. You will hear from them shortly.

I have watched the trailer of Baraka-which is a kiswahili word for blessing - and it all speaks of the One Spirituality that connects all the religions of the world.

"God’s Power and Presence in the world are demonstrated through selfless actions, through recognition of one person to another, through selfless giving and the commitment to give, the commitment to serve, the commitment to contribute—beyond one’s own edification, and certainly beyond one’s own enrichment."

http://wp.newmessage.org/god%E2%80%99s-power-presence-in-the-world/

I love BARAKA a lot! It is a masterful purely cinematic non-story non-acted visual/sound experience that expresses an epic spiritual transcendent vision of the planet and humankind. It is hugely richly gorgeous and exhilarating. Jaw-dropping camerawork, exquisite precise editing, breathtaking landscapes and cityscapes, combined with alternately intense and serene music and sounds. One of the 8 wonders of the world! Sublime, evocative, articulate, and mysterious. Extemely sensually pleasurable, kinetic and exciting, and deeply meditative. It is a masterpiece of cinema by the great cameraman and editor Ron Fricke!

Estou com uma nova ótica de percepção do mundo e de todos.
Obrigada!! Ron Fricke Lindo trabalho

I must say, BARAKA is a journey...
cinematography was like that may be Ron Fricke have said after taking every shot, "EUREKAA"..

Great site very interesting read thank you…cheers Peter

Hi,

Just wanted to know where and how I can get a copyright license for a screening of Baraka for my class at the Art Institute of Washington.

Thanks

R

I have forwarded your information to the copyright controllers. You should hear from them shortly.

very interesting read and the locations must have been out of site i can relate to the flies in Ayers rock its even worse in cooper pedy mining town
renown for famous opals cheers

Hi,

Just wanted to know where and how I can get a copyright license for a screening of Barak at Vermont Law School for a film society event.

Thanks

A

Hi. I have passed your details onto the copyright controllers of Baraka.

All the best

Darren

Hello,
I was wondering what might be involved to do show Baraka at our University (costs, paperwork, etc). Thank you!
Best,
Jen

Hi Darren,

Were you able to located the copyright holders of Baraka for me? Please email me at naraghi.ali@gmail.com if you have any updates.

Regards

Ali

Thank you Darren, do you have any updates on the screening rights?

cheers
Ali

Have you not heard from the copyright controllers?
I see you have used 2 different email addresses on the website? Do you have 2, with the first name and last name swapped?

Hi Darren, sorry for the late reply. No I actually have not heard from them. My e-mail is naraghi.ali@gmail.com

Sorry for the confusion

Ali

Hi Ali

I've let them know about your email address.

Regards

Darren

At my school quite a lot of students find it funny and laugh throughout the hole film Baraka they think different religon's do stupid things like for e.g. i think it jewish people that are kissing the padolock. so i think it should not be withheled to laughter.

Hartford’s alternative holiday tradition is back by popular demand! Showing in 70 MM December 15th through the 18th at the Cinestudio Theater, Hartford, CT.

Baraka places humans in the context of wondrous creation showing the beauty, majesty and mystery of nature juxtaposed against its wild and destructive power. Humans - creative, devout, mysterious yet arrogant and destructive mirror the duality of the world in which they have been placed. Such symmetry cannot be coincidental, suggesting the work of a higher power. We see a world of unpredictable, roiling, uncontrolled energy continuously forming and reshaping itself; the higher self constantly clashing with its shadow self. Which will triumph? There can be no doubt that creativity, spirit and goodwill inspires man regardless of culture but Baraka suggests that if this side of humanity is unable to triumph over its baser counterpart, we may destroy ourselves totally and become obsolete.

Very nice site!

I was watching the 'making of' feature on Blu-Ray yesterday and noticed one scene where they had all the locations written on a white board including Truk (lagoon in NW Pacific with a sunken fleet of WW2 Japanese ships} Anyone know why this didn't ever feature in the final cut??

Exact details of filming locations were omitted from the film to give it more mystery. Ron Fricke explains that "it doesn't matter where you are, what matters is what's there"

If you look at the editorial review from Amazon.com, there are direct quotes that are lifted and included in the review above without any attribution or citation. Whoever is monitoring such content on this site needs to look into this. Here is the language of the review from Amazon.com. Compare this to what is above...

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 the spaces they inhabit, whether that space is a lonely mountaintop or a crowded cigarette factory. Some of these attempts at connection are more successful than others: 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. And there are other amazing moments, as when sped-up footage of a busy Hong Kong intersection reveals a beautiful symmetry to urban life that could only be appreciated from the perspective of film. The lack of context is occasionally frustrating--not knowing where a section was filmed, or the meaning of the ritual taking place--and some of the transitions are puzzling. However, the DVD includes a short behind-the-scenes featurette in which cinematographer Ron Fricke (Koyaanisqatsi) 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 world summed up in 104 minutes. --Larisa Lomacky Moore

Did it not occur to you that my article above have been plagiarised by the reviewer at Amazon? The editorial review on the Amazon website is not written by an Amazon editor. It is just a review they have promoted to "editorial" status.

i'm a big fan of baraka and i'd love to use some scenes for a music video.

thank you for connecting to the right holders!

jan

I adored it at the end I was begging for just another vignette until the last second, what an amazing montage

Fail movie.

If you commented that this movie was a fail, you obviously weren't watching Baraka.
This visually stunning film shows the true unbaised world, in all its glory and sadness, to say that it's a fail is to be so ignorant.

i loved it so much i'm gonna make a film just like it with a twist!

Baraka is being shown on April 22nd at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California.

The screening is in 70mm. Both Fricke and Magidson will be there to discuss.

Part of my FTV course in Yr.11 was to discuss Baraka in terms of film art and cinematographic principles. It is a testament to all who worked on Baraka that for the better part of a week I was unable to fully describe in words what a masterpiece Baraka truly is. It has had such a profound affect on me that I now proudly own my own copy of Baraka and want to share it with my friends and family. Here is a little extract of my assignment:

"Art films, like Baraka, are created out of love for the principles of artistic cinematography and the desire to create moving collages of life. Just as languages are formed by the building blocks of letters and words, art films like Baraka are constructed by the ruling principles of cinematography, composition and shot design. By using these aspects, Baraka transcends the barriers of location, ethnicity, language and belief (Magidson; 2008), and by speaking in the universal language of cinematography, provides a mediative exploration of the human condition and a new understanding of the world we live in."

Thankyou, Baraka, for reducing this A+ English student to speechlessness and tears.

I thought Baraka was amazing!! I totally agree!! also....do you go to robina high? or varsity?? just wondering...

Yes, Varsity. How did you find out about Baraka?

I hated the movie.....
it had great cinamatograpy, but the message was hard to understand and very boring!
The shot sizes were great and so were the scenes but the way they were presented were very boring and the music that was supposed to make you feel relazexed and calm made you feel bored and sleepy instead.
BOYAH!

"the message was hard to understand"

Are you sure you were watching the same movie everyone else saw? The simplicity of the contrasting between the images of the world before and after we mutilated it practically SPELT out the point.

I do, however, respect your right to an opinion just as im sure you'd respect that i found this film to be one of the greatest pieces of art ever created.

This film had an impact on me...I now refuse to buy cage eggs!

Anyway Alex Duncan Smith i have a way to make you fall in love with this film....the solution....watch it on ACID!!!!!!

Bull's eye

You must be crazy!!

Well i think ur just a shallow gen y idiot....
Baraka is a masterpiece. it exposes religion and culture and helps define what was and what is.
U r right tho about the cinematography. it was amazing!
Next time u decide to comment on a movie, think outside the box and dont be such a DUMB ASS!!!!!!!

LOVED THIS FILM SO MUCH! MIND-BLOWING, INSPIRATIONAL, EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS UNEXPLAINABLE!

Hello Darren & friends, just got the BARAKA blu ray, and it's... beyond words! The first time I saw this movie was when it came out in Paris in 1992. At this time, I didn't have the same spiritual opening as today. And now it really speaks to me, deeply. This movie is more than a movie, it's a personnal experience, and a source of inspiration for creation (as a young director), it's really a proof cinema is to be reinvented, and art is about beauty, we have to find many ways to show the beauty of humanity and our planet. I like the fact that religion in the movie is shown with respect ans as many part of something bigger. Thank you Darren for celebrating this! And... would it be possible to have here a trailer in good quality, to share with friends? Thanx, Pk

Indeed. Baraka is an extraordinary film. Love the soundtrack too!

This movie was outstanding. I found it hard to focus on at first when I watched it at first but later on in the movie, I really understood it and really liked it. Especially how the movie showed so many peaceful shots of nature. I really enjoyed it. I think a lot of people should watch this movie and it should be much more heard because I hasn't heard of this movie before I watched it in class. I really liked it and especially how the main message of the movie in my opinion was how everyone is equal-no one is superior than another person. I really recommend this movie of you haven't watched it yet.

Simply amazing, mesmirizing, inspirational.

There's not much else I can say because that sums it up.

I viewed this film as part of a Nature Writers course. I was in complete awe through the entire viewing. The images were heart wrenching at times, but also enlightening. To view the world through the director's eyes was an experience I will never forget. The images are still vivid in my mind. I recommend this film to anyone, even though I could never explain the emotions I felt while watching. It is one to be viewed at least once by everyone. Whether you love it or hate it, it still should be seen. I commend the director on his excellent portrayal of nature + nature, nature + human, and human + human interaction.

September 16th. 730pm. 70mm print. Egyptian Theatre. Hollywood, CA.

Really must buy a High Definition TV.

i first watched baraka in english as a possible text we could have to related to as beening "distinctivly visual", and i was left speechless. as a teenager i find that most people my age are ignorant and oblivious to how amazing life and nature really is. and it personally makes me angry to see technogly dominating peoples lives and how destructive it can be. i loved the film, and i feel like the word love is way to over used but if there was a word that could describe how i felt about this film id use it, maybe ill make my own word up. most the people in my class fell asleep or chattered about irrelvant things, this just shows how distant and away we are from one another, as a result of technology, and many more factors. we all have to take one day at a time, and appriciate the things that really matter, and try to change the problems in the world eg poverty, war. we need to work together, and respect one another. thanks fricke for helping open my eyes. coming from australia and reading all the comments im so glad that people all over the world have viewed this gift.

Any idea how best to contact the rights holders of Baraka. I may want to use some of the images for a short film

Please advise.

I have forwarded your message to the copyright holders Ray.

Cheers

Darren

I have been a fan of Baraka since I first came across it in 1994. It still stirs something magical to this day.

I am interested in finding out how to show it to other people especially through the new audio visual theatre just built in our town. It would be a one night experience. I am wondering how I could go about it and where I get the relevant Permission to show this masterpiece to people how have never experienced it.
If you could guide me in the right direction that would be fantastic.

Keep up the great work.

Love and Light
Snowdog

Hi Snowdog

I have sent your message to the controllers of Baraka.
You will hear from them shortly.

Cheers

Darren

Baraka is amazing, thanks for bringing it to us.

really amazing...............................

If you slept the whole thing, how do you know it was bad?? Just curious...

Really enjoy what you wrote, because there is so much truth in it!
You see, the point is that if this wonderful movie made with a 4 million $ budget???, and obviously great passion behind, gives an apparently "universal" picture of the world we live, i still have doubts that the brains that conceived, made and distribute it are really universal in understanding and sharing cultures and feelings of different human beings and living creatures.
Western people have been programmed to see the world through Aristotelian logic, Euclidean geometry etc,etc... And this neurological program guide the way one look at things, and of course that just like in any culture, in the world.
Most fortunately we are spared talks and comments by a narrator. Yet there is a huge, vast journey before we see movies that can speak to everyone's heart. And i am not sure that the very medium of cinema can reach that, since it is so complicate. Storytellers were more simple, no?
In other words, Baraka looks surprising, spectacular and grandiose, yet one might expect to find a more subtle understanding and compassion. Maybe the next...

The Blu Ray transfer is simply amazing and is a benchmark title in terms of picture quality .It has to be seen to be believed.

It's an amazing film.Thanks to all those who made this wonderful film and all those involved in the stunning restoration.You did a fantastic job guys.

Baraka is an amazing movie. Since the day I first saw Baraka it has changed the way I think about other people, especially the people living in other countries.

Thank you for expressing your art form. Yes I believe that it communicates a lot, and that is not an understatement by any means. I hear and feel the universal language being quietly spoken. It is something that past, present and future; the brothers and sisters who partake in a common universal system of spirituality, they get it. They know exactly what is going on. And as the seasons change, they continue to pray and help...

Thank you. I look forward to meeting you one day.

-Richard Ramos
The Fitness Monk
www.thefitnessmonk.com

this has got to be the best movie i have ever seen in my life.. being a landscape design student, this is a great and my main source of inspiration!! i can never come up with a design idea and concept without the movie running in the background. definately a master piece.. and i was thrilled to find this site, i can actually have a copy of the pictures.. next mission, to buy the book :)

This film was amazing. When I first began watching it I was waiting for a narrator. After I realized the entire film was created with the purpose of only using music I was blown away. Since I am a geography teacher, I must find a way to incorporate this film into my curriculum. The students can learn sooooooo much.

great movie

I had the pleasure of seeing Koyaanisqatsi 1 yr ago on Showtime, didn't know it existed, my little brother said he saw it in the 80's at the IMAX in Spokane WA when he was a kid so, when I rented Baraka I was ever more moved by the visual art and most of the the cultural humanity of it
I can't wait til the other movie is finished! Thanks Ron Fricke for the visuals it makes me more appriciative of having sight.....

My way of living....and to encounter the images of my own encounter directly on screen does vitalize not only my memory, but it gives my friends, family and everyone around me automatic an understanding of the beautifull things in life. Without words because they are mostly to much, without a smell becuase it does create new ones right before you eyes.

Thank you for Baraka and for all the other collections of movies that are giving a lot of people a view of the real world, without comment.

I'm im you footsteps wherever you go !

Hi
Actually I had a question...
Does the word Baraka has any relation with the expression "BARAKA BASHAD" in ECKANKAR, Religion of the Light and Sound of God, Which means "MAY THE BLESSINGS BE"?
I'd be happy to know that or the meaning of it....
Thanx
Baraka Bashad...

...some thing in life are best expressed when silence prevails...this is why i can not comment on this movie...

Congratulations Mr. Ron Fricke, for this amazing film called Baraka.
I have show it to all my friends, and we love it, the high speed images, the nature, and all monuments arround the world. It´s simply wonderful.
Let all the world see what the man kind can do for this planet, let´s stay together and try to make it a better world. Long live for the Spirit of Baraka!

Great movie

Wow!
I have been a huge fan of Baraka since I first saw it in a theater many years ago.
I have never experienced anything cinematic to equal it. It is amazing. I have seen it many times since, and own the soundrack. Each time I've seen it, I find a deeper cohesion . The beauty is beyond belief as is the insanity and cruelty. Its a total gem! An inspiration and a warning.

I LIVE with this film. It is in my home always.. and always a part of my psyche. It is a part of who I am now and I am a better fuller more aware and alive person because of it.
Thank you SO VERY much

Few events within the course of time are able to transcend to a level of universally experiencial. Baraka is one of those events. There is a new standard for casting a net to reach the widest audience while offending none and affecting all... Ron Fricke has set this standard. His cinematic vision spans culture, space, time and all of humanity in a way that will stand as the benchmark to what we on earth, our human, animal, plant, geological and climatical family -mean to eachother. This is truly a film for the ages. Thank you Ron!

If there was a time capsule we wanted to leave for anyone millions of years from now to look back and learn of us... this would be have to be in it.

Otkrila sam film 1997. Od tada trazim pravu rec da bih ga opisala. Jos uvek je ne nadjoh! (I found this movie 1997. Since then I hawe been looking for suitable word to describe this movie. I hawen't found it)

not one shot of canada is listed regarding this baraka movie?

My compliments, Ron & Mark! Impressive and artistic work!

All the best, Dushan

d.

Thank you for making an inspirational movie like Baraka. You make me want to be there.........

i don`t have enough words to express my opinion about such great movie. my favourite movie. thanks *ALOT* for such masterpiece.

Great site.
BARAKA- as many of the music used in the film, It transcends the multicultural walls such language or skin colour the importance to film a movie in a particular format resides in that this can evoke a feeling of impotency and stateliness to look at our world.
This film is of a few who has won a place in a new kind of documental, only images in motion...

Great! IMHO The Earth & peoples of Earth can show many more amazing views. Author, if it possible, continue, please..

Simply spectacular, its a "FEEL" realm and the music was "moving". thank you for something very special, cant be expressed but certainly FELT.

The most wonderful film work that i ever seen in my life without any doubt.

About 10 years ago I was able to convince my Social Studies Department to show Baraka the first week of 10th grade World Studies and since it has become a staple for our department. This is the best introduction of the world to high schoolers one can find. If you happen to have a lightware/speakers/large screen the students really become engaged into this. For us, living in the foothills of Northern California, we are "sheltered" from the rest of California, U.S. and the world, so Baraka helps bring the world closer!

I must admit I've never heard of BARAKA until now. Most awesome, spectacular, amazingly beautiful, fantastic and a Brilliant production. What an inspiration to the mind and heart.
We are so grateful and Thankful to you and your crews for educating us on BARAKA.. You take my breath away......

Thank you for showing the world's most amazing places!! It is a true inspiration, and i dream to visit all the places shown in this documentary!!!

This is our planet, our world, our people, our family...grander than you had ever imagined it. The wonder is that this is but a minute fraction of where we are, and who we are.

The film offers no answers but many questions. It is our job to answer them. If they can be answered.

Thank you for making this movie.

Me ha hecho sentir tanta cosas , entre viajes ya vivividos ,otros no hechos, lugares que son familiares para mi, y envueltos en un misticismo y en un despertar de las cosas que hacemos y o que no hacemos, gracias por ser un especjo de lo que soy y de lo que no soy , y de lo que podre ser . MIL GRACIAS.

I really enjoy watching and listening to Baraka.

Since it was shot on 70mm, it would be a prime candidate for one of the emerging HD formats; either Blu-ray or HD-DVD.

Baraka in HD would be like ... I cannot imagine anything that it would be like. I would definately buy a HD player just to watch Baraka in HD.

Absolutly amazing!!! It's an extraordinary movie the best movie I have ever seen.Even though I'm 17 years old I'm sure that this movie will remain in my memory forever.It gives you wings to fly and to travel to every part of the world,in every place that you see in Baraka,,,and it's truly a blessing for all the people who love not just travelling,but our entire planet too.And i'm sure that anybody who loves nature and is fed up of every day life,can apreciate it.Good bless the world and give us people like this able to appreciate and show our world to people who doesn't care about it!

I honestly thought it was a new movie!!! And after having seen it, shared it and wondering about it, I have decided that it is the kind of movie that stays new. Great for sharing with high school students!

This movie inspired my and my girlfriend to travel arround the world for one year !!!

Wanna see all those images again (but this time is not going to be on the screen).

Love it.

Dear all,
I have seen the film once on TV, it was shown in the Netherlands. Amazing film, very spiritual!
This is a film which is really worth having at home like a christian would have bible or a moslim koran at home.
I was desperately trying to buy the DVD, but it seems impossible.
You cannot buy it anywhere in the Netherlands. Why is it so difficult? Is the Netherlands such uninteresting market?!?
I tryied to order via internet, but only Region 1 version is available which is not going to work on the Dutch DVD players.
Anyone knows why the availability is so limited? Please, if anyone knows where to buy it in the Netherlands - let me know!
Thank you in advance,
All the best,
Damir

An all regions version of the DVD is available

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Baraka-Ron-Fricke/dp/B00005NOMQ/sr=8-1/qid=11642...

- Roger

I think it's wondeful documentary for world's people. We thanks to Miss. Sevhan, because she traced our class. We influenced this documentary and we learn about other cultures, religions, ceremonies....We discovered other people's life. This documentary teach different life in the world and we thanks for film director. We never forget this masterpiece. For example, the homebred to implement religious ceremony very extraordinary. All of it to show an interesting magnificent with concinnity. Other impressive image to, the Hindu people to seeing pyre. This one scene, really direful. The producers to taking in hand crooked city life. To this give a example images. Crowded, dirty and ruthless. Everyone's not to be able to forget very valuable one masterpiece. Thank you!!!!

Dear All,

Greetings from Giving Thanks, the day after... I contributed original music to "Baraka" and salute its pioneering vision. For more about my music, film music, 11 recordings, and teachings of the Harmonic Presence work, please visit www.harmonicpresence.org.

Peace and Love,
David Hykes, Harmonic Presence Foundation

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Baraka is a film of man’s place in the universe as he or she is restricted by living only in a geographical location, time and culture of his own. Only the mind of man in its ethical and spiritual quest can transcend this limitation of physical restrictions. And in that interminable space of vast thought, he finds his sadness by recognizing the limited extremities of his mind and of himself. In that, the most primitive and the most technologically advanced man, humans and animals such as chickens in treadmill or people getting off the subway lose all distinctions. Baraka is gloriously a sad movie.

Incredible. If there is one film everyone must see in their lifetime, this is it. I can't wait to buy this film and the Qatsi trilogy to show my friends. Thank you so much for creating this masterpeice.

I first saw this film in the summer of 1995 on video, I immediately watched it again! 11 years later I'm still watching it...I've seen it on every size screen from 14" TV to movie house. It has been an inspiration for me for these past 11 years and I have recommended it to countless people! An interesting thing about this movie is it's effect on thoe who have travelled the world and watched it, their eyes seem to light up as they recount their experiences. I too am one of them, thanks for Baraka... Shalom, Salaam, Peace, RTH Toronto, Canada

My English class watched Baraka this year and at first I wasn't too excited about watching a movie with no words but when we started watching it and I saw the various images of other parts of the world I was absolutely amazed! In 2005 I went to Peru with my church for two weeks and one day we went to the beach and had a great time but when we were leaving I saw children digging in a pile of bug-infested trash and that image hasn't left my mind since. When I saw the people digging through the trash in Baraka I was fighting back tears. It amazes me how just seeing something and not having to have anyone describe to you what is going on can affect you so much. I really loved the movie.

Since the first time I watched "Baraka" more than 10 years ago, it became my favourite masterpiece of art. I have recommended this beautiful jewel to everyone, and I love to buy the DVD everytime I need to buy a present. It´s the pinnacle of nature, it shows the essence of mankind and the meaning to life.

We are one. Everything is one. No matter if you die here or there, death is the same. No matter if you live in a tree or in a skyscraper, because you´re living. And a tear is a tear in every part of the world.

In these times of madness and dispair I think it would be a good idea the play Baraka in the schools to show our children that life is much more than a Nike T-shirt or than a 3G Mobile, that our world is bigger than we can imagine, and that people is just people like you and me, no matter how far we life ones from each others....

A movie as amazing as life.

Dear Damir,

You can probably get the DVD at Boudisque (Boudisque.nl) or let them order it for you. I really love this movie.

What would you say if someone told you to write an essay on this film? I simply do not understand the deep meaning behind this movie. Like other reviewers, I really enjoyed the voyage this film took me on. The filming techniques are incredible and very special care has been taken to produce such great quility. Every Future Shop in Canada should show this movie on the display floor! Stunning colour and detail.

"Baraka" has changed my life. Literally. It is in my opinion the best movie ever made. It influenced my thinking and believe about a higher power that might be called god?!
Ron Fricke and everyone who worked on the making of this unbelievable treasure.: Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul. I try to watch this movie at least once a months. I tell people about it and they all are amazed.
It is love, pure, hope, wondering, hope, dedication, meditation--it simply the Best. The photography, the music and sound are out of this world. When I have problems in my life, I watch "Baraka," and I am rejevenated again.
Highly recommended buy.
Blessings & Light: Baraka.

I've just come from my first viewing of Baraka. I know I will go back for more. How can one NOT? This is the most amazing film I've ever seen in my life. What a treasure to the eyes it is! I am so grateful for and at the same time in awe of the filmmakers who made this incredible work of art. Words fail. See it, now!

Please accept my humble obeisances to you, please accept my deep respect, for putting the art of God in a movie.
with a crital side on the differnt places on the earth...its deffently the best movie I have ever seen. its a one big trip of meditation and everytime I watch it, tears are streaming out of my eyes. especially the scene with this homeless boy...the beautifull nature and all kinds of religions...I have no woords for it, so I will be quiet just like you are in the movie, with the Dead can dance music its all complete.

! Its not just me then. Baraka is the best film I have ever seen, touching and magical.

The world would be a better place if everyone saw this movie.

This article from Variety says that an upgraded DVD version and and HD-DVD version will be available by years end.

http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=Cannes2007&jump=story&id=1061&ar...

...the act of God!

I wonder what would happen if every political leader of the world (and the wealthy leaders of large corporations) had the chance to watch this film on their own, a few times, on a rainy day, when there was nothing else to do. You can call me a dreamer, but I bet this tiny huge planet and it’s human race, would start moving towards real evolution. Because the concept of defeating and/or manipulating each other, is what perpetuates our barbaric aspects from the cave ages. Imagine if you were on a far planet looking back at Earth and seeing all this mess, between ourselves, it would look really stupid. This film is a major form of inspiration of how amazing this planet is and how, to be different, is not to be wrong. The one who thinks he is right and “they” are wrong, will keep fighting battles for eternity. Externally and internally.

After watching Baraka I have to say that it´s really impressive. I know that it tells you the story of the world and the human being and the images and photography combines perfectly to create emocions on you. But when I see the homeless on the street or the child asking for money and the way they are filmed I stop liking the movie. I know the film is atonishing but I think it shows terrible things like death, hunger, war, poverty in a poetic way, really well photograph. I don´t know, but I think it not right to show the most terrible things in the world in a so well phograph way. That is because I see the movie in a moral sense. Sometimes I think the movie is manipulating me as a viewer to cry, feel ebarassed for what I see. I think sometimes it´tricky.
Sometimes I think their authors care more about a beautiful image than to tell the story or make a coment about its reality.
Have you thought it that way?

You have ver y well made your point . It does glamourous it if you dont put in context it seems to me that it is sort of juxtipose . Almost like epic scenes , it has layers and you got to the next one but the fact that you find it disturbing is only showing how we veiw things. However been a philosophy student i am open to been wrong!

It is such a superficial kich film that is dengerous for brain! It is sudactive like Leni Rifenstal. It smells of fashizam masked in multiriglious and multinational pictuer.

I had first heard of Baraka a long time ago and I really wanted to see this film (I love nature and Dead can Dance music) but I couldn't find it here in Greece. Recently I finally found it and I saw it one night alone at home, while smoking some (really strong) pot... It was truly an amazing experience... I have no words...

I think this film is amazing; it displays the balance between the wonders of humanity and the destructive power of greed. It frustrates me that most people I've showed it to don't want to watch it all the way through. Most people are content to censor their own little worlds from the wrong doing of others and only involve themselves in things which immediately enhance their own lives. We've still got our eyes closed as to what's around us and our potential as a gifted race.

i don't like the movie

Personally I didn't like this movie, we watched it in english, and I have to say I found it very hard to focus on. It is not a movie I would watch again or recommend.

i've seen baraka once in the TV and i'm doing everything to find and wath it again. unfortunately i'm in a 3rd world country. i admire people like Ron Fricke.

I'm a high school history teacher working at an inner city school with a mainly African-American and Latino student body. I loved Baraka when I first saw it, but was hesitant to show it to my high school students. The film has no plot and my students are used to fast paced action movies. I went out on a limb and was blown away by the response. Almost every single one of them loved it. It made many want to travel around the world. Thank you.

I love this documentary but what i do miss about it are nametags - i see places and people but i do not what im look at and im just guessing where it could be from - this is a huge disadvantage!!!

What I especially love about this film is that it allows the viewers to draw their own conclusions about the world around them. I do not need to understand everything I see. It is enough to know and accept that the world, its inhabitants and MOST of its activities are beautiful. I would be more than happy to buy and send a copy to Farzin Firouzi from Iran since it cannot be found there.

To all those who have only recently found BARAKA - watch the tryptich/trilogy of Koyaanisqatsi/Powaqqatsi/Naqoyquatsi - even if without the Phillip Glass soundtrack. Perhaps something of your own, whether your own is music you created, or just music that makes you think.

For me, I need that slice of humble pie every three months or so, just to stay grounded.

It is good.

Enjoy

Thanks for the good page about excellent film!
In Ukraine (contry of the former USSR) we really like this grate movie.

Beside the fact that no titles are in the movies about the location, most of them are very well known to those who realy study and are instereted about the world. The are people that dont know the locations filmed here and i think Ron made it also with the aim to let us know how little we know about thee world it self and how little we know about the nations, religions on this planet. Baraka is also about the non-existence of the political borders that actualy divide us. In present world when everything is dominated by politicaly-manouvred media propaganda, movies like this are, as Ron itself said, necessary. And it is realy necessary! We must free our mind, turn off the tv and dedicate our self to simple things. Is not easy, but at least movies like Baraka cna help us in our inner peace. oh... Im sorry for my bad writing. Alex

As a photographer, wannabe artist, but mostly as human, this film had a deep impact on me. I have no words.

Baraka is the best film I have seen in my life.!!!!!

You can only "attempt" to explain Baraka to others, but the experience for each viewer is unique.

It's not your usual Hollywood blockbuster filled with sex, profanity and explosion. However, this movie is absolutely powerful and moving.

You probably either LOVE it or thinks it's boring.

Hi,

Just amazing places and amazing film!! Some of them I had a luck to visit...
I am just wandering how it was n Mecca to take video shots?
As I heard you cannot go inside if you are not a muslim.

Thanks!

Jasmina

I believe the team got special permission to film at Mecca, even though they are not Muslims. The scenes are beautiful and I think it is one of the few chances we get to see of the amazing pilgrimage.

Please...Please...Please...Make an HD Version (Preferably, Blu-ray.)

Hi everybody!
I really enjoyed the film and what I wanted to write was that Baraka can be found in Iran too! I was really annoyed when I saw Oaiku's comment because we saw this film at school at our writing class in IRAN in Tehran last week! ( to Oaiku) So, I don't think that your friend, Farzin Firouzi needs that copy!
Keep it for yourself!

Baraka was B-E-A-utiful!!!!!!!!!!

Does anyone know if there are 16mm prints of BARAKA available?

Hands down the most beautiful film I've ever seen. I teach a world religions class to high school seniors and I show this film every year in class--they love it. I cannot wait to see Samsara!

I agree that this is one of the most amazing films I have ever seen. It is in a category of its own.

what a experience!!!!!!...i just cannot thank you enough..

Something so unique & moving that it stirs you up from the insides...its deeply thought provoking, inspired, beautiful, unique & breath-taking..

Ive loved it so much that i even day-dream about the various shots, angles, places that have been featured in there..

Few people truly understand a film like this... I dont claim that i entirely understand it either, but I strive to... those who really want to understand it, start discovering beautiful little things in each details & their mind bursts with a thousand million interpretations...

I have yet to full discover it, as i have only a ancient VCD format version and the details are fuzzy, but will soon get the DVD, to uncover a new world altogether.....(its shot in TODD-AO afterall)

Honestly, God bless the creators...pure heaven...

I am hoping that Baraka will be released on HD DVD & Blu ray, in 2008. Everyone should have the opportunity of seeing this film in 1080i and/or 1080p. Personally I can't think of any other film I would rather see in the whole world than this one on Hi Def. Pretty please with sugar on top. : )

I can only say it's a prayer, a deep meditation...
the is the top in knowing and viewing the earth, and owr relation with it and God...

You go to India and take picture of cows and "untouchables"... why am I not surprised. I am not sure who told them they were untouchables because people don't wear tags of untouchability in India and certainly rummaging through garbage is not something only untouchables do (if that's what they were told or think) because the cows are doing the same, and I believe you guys think we have made temples in India to worship cows, right? Then how do they know? Were they going around asking people who is untouchable and who isn't? And you don't need to go to Calcutta to see how imperfect human beings are(as suggested in the overview), just look within. I don't understand why nobody tells such people they just don't have what it takes to understand a country like India. Please stop trying because you are failing miserably by applying your infantile logic you think is flawless. It is not helping.

Extremely moving, thought provoking and spiritual. Everyone of any sensitivity should watch this beautiful sequence of images.

This film is very moving and i wish more kids in my area would appreciate it. one of my teachers showed this film in my global issues class and i absolutely LOVED it. i borrowed it from him to show a few of my friends

Fricke is a true artist.

This work is but a mirror that reflects existing images from our planet, our species, our cultures and our preconceived ideas about each other. Each observer (rightly) injects their own meaning to the images based on their prior experience and personal development. A wonderful experience of liberation in a time of so much deliberately sensationalist "push" media that tries - and, regrettably, too often succeeds - in overwhelming one's personal perspective.

Had Fricke ended the film as it began, with the Japanese Macaque opening its eyes, it would have made a lovely social comment: the world we believe in might be nothing more than the hallucination of a monkey in a hot bath. That would have explained much!

I propose we recall the Voyager spacecraft and replace their "Golden Records" with a DVD of Baraka. The theme being: "This is our planet and this is how we spent our time here." That'd be sure to keep those LGM off our doorstep.

Fabulous film!

The film left me speechless for several days.

I am quite a movie or cinema student but this film went beyond the art.
I have never seen or felt anything like it before.
I am a changed person after viewing the film.

I consider this film to be one of the true wonders of the modern world.

I don't see how Baraka is deemed the best of all these films, its clear biased on the webmaster that the site personifies Baraka so highly. Koyaanisqatsi is a far superior film in regards to fully realizing the potential of this genre "Non Verbal/ Pure Cinema" not only does it realize it but it expands on it, the qatsi trilogy grows the genre possibly to its limits in Naqoyqatsi, it reaches the point of ultimate abstract position. Baraka seems to not clarify its context at all, not only that we are visibly aware of Ron Fricke's blatant rewiring of what Reggio had designed in Koyaanistqatsi. all the qatsi elements are shown in baraka nothing fresh or ground breaking simply immpressive pictures to a rather dull composition, which in turn marks its downfall. because the purpose of the genre is to fuse musical interpretation with transient meaningful imagery.
if you saw Baraka first you may have already spoiled yourself before viewing a much thought out and productive film.

I had to watch this in english class. I slept threw the whole thing. It was so boring. It was the worst movie ever!!!

First saw it in 1996 at a cinema in just outside of sydney. Apparently it was the only 70mm copy of the film in the world. Needless to say this enhanced the film a great deal. Awesome film still my favorite of all time.

I was in Iran recently and I saw the splendi mosque covered with glass, Esfahan and Persepolis. All film in Baraka. Iran is a beautiful country, realy surpriesed me; the warmth of the local people and the astonishing places and landscapes. From Baraka I saw Angkhor, Borododur, Egypy, Peru but Im glad Iran is inside the movie. Looking for a new moive by Ron. Baraka is a masterpiece! I had watched already 10times!!!!

I was excited to see the film up until the point of the chicks....as a vegan, it made me want to throw up. I let the DVD run longer & I guess there was another scene that was not animal-friendly, as my boyfriend told me to look away. I know animal slaughter exists everywhere but for me this ruined the film for me. I do not see beauty in animal cruelty. As an academic, I still disagree with colleagues who insist filming rituals involving animal sacrifice and slaughter is okay. Perhaps it is reality....I hope humans will evolve beyond this....but I doubt it.

Baraka is a work of art and has moved everyone that I have shown it to. It should be recommended viewing to children the world over , then perhaps we would live in a better, peaceful world. We can only hope. So many of the locations are also under threat as we destroy the world we inhabit. One question : why oh why is this film not yet released in HD format ?? It would be even more stunning !

Just watched the Blu-ray edition of BARAKA. It left me going through a whole range of emotions. It was as if I was meditating. I have just had an experience never encountered before and so thankful I stumbled upon this work by pure accident and bought it. Thank you to everyone involved in its making, you are truly very special people.

Thank you for this presentation. In a world of so many attempts to define and prescribe life's meaning, this film truly allows us to see our own magnificence as a created being and the tremendous opportunity and responsibility for the decision consequences of our freedom, as we "describe" our life journey. This film connects external manifestations with our internal connection to ALLTHATIS - GOD. There is order is GOD, no matter what name we call THE CREATOR. We all seek THE CREATOR............IAM. We each all inately know I in THE CREATOR. We are blessed to become a blessing.

It also reminds us of Rule #6. What's Rule #6? It is, "don't take yourself so damn seriously." What are the other Rules? There aren't any.

I am keen to pre-order, but I want to make sure it is not going to be region locked. Anyone know? Darren do you read these? do you know?

Luke, I am fairly certain the Blu-Ray release will be region-free. Let me try and confirm this.

An amazingly beautiful film!!! I really loved it!
I loved the music and sound effects! Waiting for Samsara Work!

Hi,..I just want correct this location :
Kediri-Gudang Gama Cigarette Factory, Indonesia.
that supposed to be:
Kediri-Gudang Garam Cigarette Factory, Indonesia.
Thank you.

HELLO EVERYBODY! TODAY I SAW BARAKA. I HAD NEVER SEEN OTHER FILM THAT HAD THE DETAILS OF BARAKA´s FILM.
I LOVE THIS FILM; AND THE MUSIC IS EXCELENT

i bought the chronos/baraka box set, the picture quality of baraka dvd was very disappointing, it was all washed out compared to the chronos dvd which was very good, im surprised nobody has commented on this, so i'm looking forward to the blu ray version

Like all of these films, they are overblown screensavers only acclaimed by pretentious and generally overbearing film students, who are so typically up their own arses that they look like a pretzel.

A truly amazing film. This is one of the most breathtaking and beautiful films I've ever seen.
The soundtrack is terrific too. Simply stunning!! See it, feel it, experience it.

I watched Baraka in my class. My teacher said: " It doesn't say anything. But you can find somethings inside you." That's right. There are many wonderful pictures taken from different places around the world and fantastic soundtrack. Even though it's a non-verbal film, I learnt more about different cultures and how they bless. It's such an interesting film that I've ever seen.

I love this movie so much. I love the powerful 70MM images, the amazing editing and incredible combinations of visuals and music and sounds. Parts are beautiful while other parts are sad and other scenes are frightening. I love this kind of purely visual non-story filmmaking. With no acting and no story and no words this film expresses such nuanced and strong emotions and energy and metaphors. It's one of the most special things I have ever experienced!

In this filme we can see the beauty of nature around the world which we don't know. A life behind another life, in a total unknown world.

...as the film shows in a perfect manner - words are simply useless...amazingly natural...thank you!

This is my favorite film ever

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