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
Kathmandu, Durbar square
Kathmandu, Durbar square
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Pashupatinath, Katmandu, Nepal
Patan, Nepal
Patan, Nepal
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A yogi in India
A yogi in India
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Hebrew Sidor
Hebrew Sidor
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Wailing wall, Israel
Wailing wall, Israel
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The Whirling Dervishes
The Whirling Dervishes
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Mausoleum, Iran
Mausoleum, Iran
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Esfahan
Esfahan
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Buddist Monk, Swayambu, Nepal
Kuwaiti, Iraq: oil fire
Kuwaiti, Iraq: oil fire
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Peace, wisdom
Peace, wisdom
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Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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Tokyo, Japan, the rush hour
Tokyo, Japan, the rush hour
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calm before the storm
calm before the storm
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Big Sur, California
Big Sur, California
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Terraces Field in Indonesia
Terraces Field in Indonesia
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Rice Fields outside Ubud, Bali
Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor, Cambodia
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple
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Borobodur, Java, Indonesia
Borobodur, Java, Indonesia
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Borobodur, Java, Indonesia
Borobodur, Java, Indonesia
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Prambanan, Java, Indonesia
Prambanan, Java, Indonesia
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Kecak Dance, Bali
Kecak Dance, Bali
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Kecak Dance, Bali
Kecak Dance, Bali
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Kecak Dance, Bali
Kecak Dance, Bali
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Kecak Dance, Bali
Kecak Dance, Bali
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Kecak Dance, Bali
Kecak Dance, Bali
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Kecak Dance, Bali
Kecak Dance, Bali
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Bromo caldera Java
Bromo caldera Java
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Mt Bromo, Java, Indonesia
Mt Bromo, Java, Indonesia
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Volcanoes in Hawaii
Volcanoes in Hawaii
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haleakala, maui
haleakala, maui
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Dead tree
Dead tree
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Solar eclipse
Solar eclipse
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Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands
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Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
Aborigine, Australia
Aborigine, Australia
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Kayapo tribe, Brazil
Kayapo tribe, Brazil
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Yanomami Tribe
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
RainForest, Brazil
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Brazillian Rain Forest
Brazillian Rain Forest
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Chuquicamata, chile
Chuquicamata, chile
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Amazon tribe in Brazil
Amazon tribe in Brazil
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slumses in Brazil
slumses in Brazil
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Favela in Rio, Brazil
Favela in Rio, Brazil
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Brazil
Brazil
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Kowloon, Hong Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong
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picture of Jesus
picture of Jesus
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Japan
Japan
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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New York City
New York City
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Shibuya Station, Tokyo, Japan
Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
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Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station
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Shinjuku Rail Station, Tokyo
Shinjuku Rail Station, Tokyo
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JVC FACTORY...
JVC FACTORY...
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WTC north tower
WTC north tower
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chicks
chicks
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Japanese subway station
Japanese subway station
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Poultry Farm
Poultry Farm
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Park Ave. NYC
Park Ave. NYC
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Yemen
Yemen
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Untouchables in Calcutta
Untouchables in Calcutta
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Av. São João, São Paulo
Av. São João, São Paulo
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Midtown, Sao Pulo, Brazil.
Midtown, Sao Pulo, Brazil.
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Vietnam
Vietnam
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Vietnam
Vietnam
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Ecuator
Ecuator
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Prostitute in Ecuator
Prostitute in Ecuator
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Kuwaiti, Iraq: oil fire
Kuwaiti, Iraq: oil fire
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Highway 80 Kuwait...not Iraq
Highway 80 Kuwait...not Iraq
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Iraq
Iraq
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Kuwaiti, Iraq: oil fire
Kuwaiti, Iraq: oil fire
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torture room. S21 bottom floor
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
Tiananmen Square, Beijing
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Xian, China: Taracotta Army
Xian, China: Taracotta Army
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Persepolis, Iran
Persepolis, Iran
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Egypt
Egypt
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Luxor, Temple Of Ramsis II
Luxor, Temple Of Ramsis II
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Luxor, Temple Of Ramsis II
Luxor, Temple Of Ramsis II
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Ta Prohm (Angkor), Cambodia
Ta Prohm (Angkor), Cambodia
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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India, Ganges river
India, Ganges river
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The gaths of Varanasi, India
The gaths of Varanasi, India
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Varanasi/Uttar pradesh India
Varanasi/Uttar pradesh India
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India, Ganges river
India, Ganges river
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Ganges river temple, India
Ganges river temple, India
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Varanasi (Benares)
Varanasi (Benares)
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fakir !???
fakir !???
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Solor ecplise
Solor ecplise
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Ryoan-Ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Ryoan-Ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Japan
Japan
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Maasai Mara, Kenya
Maasai Mara, Kenya
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Total eclipse of the Sun
Total eclipse of the Sun
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dance of Dervishes
dance of Dervishes
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greek orthodox church
greek orthodox church
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A girl from Mashad,Iran
A girl from Mashad,Iran
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The Ka
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Mecca
Mecca
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st Peter church Rome Italy
st Peter church Rome Italy
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Church of the Holy Sepulture
Church of the Holy Sepulture
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Ganges river in Varanasi, India
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Japan
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
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Luxor, Temple Of Ramsis II
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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

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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Harmonic Presence Concerts/Seminars:
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France: December 9-10, 16-17, or 30-31
Esalen, Big Sur, California: June 23-25, 2007

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.

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