Last updated by Darren on 14 December 2012

Samsara monks

The theatrical release of Samsara will be in August 2012 and will at various theatres across the World.

  • US - 31st August nationwide release
  • UK - 31st August nationwide release
  • Germany - 23rd August nationwide release
  • Other countries - to follow

See the list of Samsara theatre showings


Samsara Blu-Ray & DVD

Samsara Blu-RaySamsara is available to pre-order now, on DVD and Blu-Ray.  The DVD and Blu-Ray come in a single pack in the UK.

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Samsara Trailer available to watch online

Samsara is a nonverbal film described by the makers as a "guided meditation".  The film uses very high quality images, scenes of nature and mankind to stimulate the viewer.  The film contains no plot or actors, although there are several performers in the film. Samsara is Ron Fricke's 2011 follow-up to Baraka.  


This review is based on a single viewing of Samsara from the World Premiere in Toronto.  It is very likely to change a little as I watch the film again (and again probably).  Darren Lambert, October 2011.

Samsara is different to Baraka, as Ron Fricke told me himself.  But it has the same spirit.  Samsara has the same exquisite picture quality, emotion evoking landscapes and people,  timelapse sequences, fast paced editing, and emotional music.

Samsara is more about people than Baraka.  It is less spiritual than Baraka.  It is more urban than Baraka.  If you like Baraka, you will probably like Samsara.

Samsara starts quickly with a traditional Balinese dance.  Quite the contrary to the slow start of Baraka.  Several sequences play before the titles let you know that the intro is over.

The content of Samsara is varied.  With a definite emphasis on people, what people have done, what they do and what has happened to people.  

Shots are cleverly intertwined.  When watching a sequences that seems to show an abandoned house full of sand, I didn’t realise when the next sequence was a house form New Orleans, with a car stuck between houses, and mud inside the homes.

Samsara has a sense of humour.  There are three memorably sequences where people laughed at the premiere, and I think this will be the same for most audiences.  And of course on the flip-side there are very serious sequences filmed inside several abattoirs. These sequences are likely to be a source of controversy for viewers, just like the battery chicken farms from Baraka were.  Chicken factories are again included in Samsara.  I suspected that many people, myself included, will question that if these images seem are hard to watch, should we really continue to eat meat?

There are definitely touches of Ron Fricke’s earlier films.  Time-lapse sequences of car headlights at night are remaniscent of Koyaanisqatsi.  Whilst from Chronos, the light creeping across St Peters, and the tide from the top of St Mont St Michel are beautifully re-created.  A sulphur mine is also featured, that seems familiar to the mine in Powaqatsi, but I don't think it is the same mine.

Samsara gives me a big feeling that we as humans are all part of a massive circle, whether we like it or not.  And everyone plays their part of that circle.

Circles also appear in other themes of the film.  People's need to  recycle is featured, especially that of the poorer nations of the world.

From the darkness of reflection comes an amazing sequence from within a prison.  The orange overall wearing inmates perform an amazing routine in the exercise yard.  Tough inmates watch from behind bars.  I later found out that the inmates are from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, in the Philippines.  Their performance is mesmerising, and I am sure that a small part of their display re-enacts the Kecak dance seen in Baraka.

Samsara was made 19 years after Baraka, and the world has changed.  One musical piece that stood out was that of a hip hip track, fitting the visuals perfectly.

Just like in Baraka, war is featured.  We see weapons being manufactured.  

We also see, just like in Baraka, the Western Wall of Jerusalem.  This time however, the people are shown more up-close, which is a running theme in Samsara.

Perhaps the finest wide angle sequence is that of Mecca.  Whilst Mecca was included in Baraka, the sequence in Samsara is bigger and better.  Very close details of those praying.  As the sequence ends the shots get wider, and wider giving away the huge sense of the celebration in a way probably never seen before.  How the team manage to get permission to film in this way shows their talent as negotiators as well as filmmakers.

A re-occuring theme in Samsara is that or cycles, repetition, or as Ron Fricke wrote many years ago - The Wheel of Life.

Samsara is a beautiful, guided meditation of the people of the world.  I highly-recommend that you try and see it on the big screen before it goes to DVD and Blu Ray.

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Just watched Samsara at the Max Linder movie theater in Paris (France) a few days ago. It was presented with a new Christie 4K digital projector.
As could be expected, image quality was great !

supper film
really grate photography

when is Samsara coming to Israel theaters ? there are many people that want to see this masterpiece here

i`m from Argentina, i think is impossible to shows the film here, please, help, how can i see it?????

I've just seen it for the 2nd time. The first was in London which included the Skype conversation and the 2nd was at Birmingham.

It was much better with the 2nd viewing. First time round there was too much to take in and I didn't fully appreciate the message.

I am now looking forward to seeing it in Leicester in a few weeks.

It's pretty funny seeing how old some of the posts are on here. It shows the anticipation many people have had for this sequel. I watched Baraka so many times I had to buy a new copy because the other one wore out.

I can't wait to see it here in Austin this weekend! So glad they finally got it out there.

Anyone know the best cinema to watch this in London? In terms of quality of the film? I wanted to watch it in ritzy picturehouse, but I've been there before and the quality of the screen is always a bit low compared to other cinemas.

Is showing at the BFI IMAX at 9:15pm this Thursday (30th Sept).

Biggest screen in the UK and a proper 70mm projector.

You will not see it anywhere better in this country.

I went to watch this at odeon on shaftsbury ave. It was amazing, would recommend it to anyone

As far as I know, the Odeon feature a 2k projector.

May be quite better at Apollo cinema, where they supposely have a 4k projector instead.

Wow! Truly amazing! Baraka, but so much better, more vivid colours, more dynamic, more beautiful. It should be the advert for alien visitors to come and visit earth. I shall be seeing it again as soon as I can.

I've been hearing of this for so long I can't remember. But I never have clear informations. When will we be able to see this in Montreal? I mean, I'm sure you guys want to have maximum impact... but please! Tell us release dates!

Any chance i can see this amazing movie in Israel? thanks :)

When Samrara will be released in French theaters? Do you have a date?
Thank you.


Please bring this film to Halifax Nova Scotia.I saw it @ TIFF and waht to see it again.....

Just seen Samsara at a private viewing in Dublin Ireland. Guys this film is a must to see in a cinema. The photography and music amazing. A beautiful story line, one thing..... the part of food processing plants are at the edge, a bit hard to take. Overall I can not wait to see it again when it is launched in Ireland's cinemas on the 31st August. Well done again Ron and your team a wonder follow-up to Baraka. Roll on August

Do you think there's any chance this will be in a few cinema's in the Netherlands?

it says it's been released in Aug in the US, but what about UK?

It will be a Worldwide release in August/September, UK and Netherlands.

Thanks for clearing that up Darren, got one more question, will it only be played in cinemas that have the latest digital projection technology?

I can't be sure, but I think cinemas with any digital projection can show it. It doesn't have to be the high-quality 4K projection used for the premieres.

According to this website, the movie should be shown in theater's this August.

I really appreciate all the hard work that has gone into this production. I'm waiting patiently for the release in the UK

I LOVE Baraka. I've watched it many times, always so inspired by every scene. I am very disappointed that Samsara has not been shown in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am incensed that Toronto has enjoyed Samsara but not good ol' SF. At least get the DVD released! I cannot understand what is taking so long to get this film shown around the world when you've finally finished it. This is ridiculous, and this is coming from a great fan of your work.

Samsara is not a normal film. Distributing it takes hard work and time. It will come to San Francisco later this year. It has been 20 years since Baraka was released, so please wait a little longer for Samsara.

Please!!! As soon as you get info as to when it will be coming to San Francisco, CA let us know. Have been waiting very patiently for years to see the sequel to Baraka! Can't hardly wait!! Looking fwd to it!!

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Just wondering if samsara has a release date for uk yet? and also when eventual release onto DVD/ Bluray, with this be getting same treatment as Baraka i.e. top end highdef release?

Just watched the Samsara Trailer...looks fantastic. All that Baraka was and More...loking farward to seeing this on the big screen, lets hope somewhere in Scotland will be showing it.

Hi Rob

No date set yet. It will be later in 2012.
The DVD and Blu Ray will be top end I am sure. They have taken great care with quality so far.



can´t wait to watch your new movie. hope to see it also in vienna.thanks a lot and best regards
David from Vienna*

Hi there,

I am hoping the same for Australian viewers.


Will this be in any theaters in Canada? When will it be released for purchase? Thank you <3

Likely in Spring time 2012 for theaters. DVD after that.

Darren do you know if there is any screening planned for Argentina or worldwide release?

No information yet. But stayed tuned to find out.

Hi Darren,
I can't seem to find any info on when Samsara will be screened in the UK. I'm hoping that it will screened in a cinema in London that can do the 70mm film format justice.

Hi Matt

Plans are in progress to bring Samsara to the UK.
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Samsara is playing in a 4K projection, rather than 70mm. It looks fantastic.



Can't believe have only seen Baraka, & not all Fricke's other films. I want to see & own EVERYTHING by him!!! anyway, thot you'd enjoy these comments re his works. L, m

TIFF11 in September!!!! YES!!! At long last...Please be playing in 70mm (considering TIFF is one of the few places with a 70mm projector installed this is the perfect opportunity to use it)!

Hope release this year for true!

I just returned from a lecture given by Lisa Gerrard.

She advised she has just finished the soundtrack to Samsara and that the film is slated to be sent to the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011.

Very exciting news!

"Discussion between films with Lisa Gerrard, director Mark Magidson, composer Michael Stearns (schedule permitting) and director Ron Fricke (schedule permitting). Magidson’s new 70mm film, SAMSARA, will be discussed as part of the Q&A."

Can't miss this!

Well? Did anyone go? Any news about Samsara?

Yeah, I was there, it was quite interesting actually, he gave a lot of good info.

Can you please share some of that info with us? Release date at least?

Of course my friend, what would you like to know?

Release Date?

There is no information to share at the moment. I'll post release dates and any other information on this website as soon as it becomes available.

Your movies are are always inspiring us in making music!
One Love!!!

As a photographer, I was riveted by Baraka, and am excited at the prospect of a sequel. There is a tiny handful of films from which you could extract any frame, print it, and hang it at a gallery. Baraka is one of those. Like others, I've owned it in various formats and my wife and I periodically slide the latest version into the Blu-Ray player for yet another dose of awe, beauty, and pathos. Please release soon!


I am very excited to see SAMSARA. I hope it will be released on 70MM as well. No matter what, it will be exhilirating and AWE-some. I love how BARAKA and CHRONOS transcend storytelling and narrative to create a powerful cinematic experience that is about emotions, feelings, sensations, pacing, metaphors, themes, and general ideas in a completely non-narrative form without stories and without characters or acting. To force it down into a story and narrative would be invalid, it would be reductionist and limiting. Ron Fricke's movies are about so much more than that. They are purely cinematic experiences which I prefer to story, narrative, and character-driven works of art. That is a great thing and should be embraced, not evaded. Mr. Fricke is making autonomous cinematic works of art which are unique and pure. He is a fantastic artist.

over at there is new news that the release of 'Samsara' in 70mm is in doubt:

"We are happy to say we have wrapped principal photography and are starting the editing process. We anticipate completion by the end of the year. At this point we are not certain of the ultimate release form beyond digital 4K and 35mm."

this news is very troubling and I hope a dozen 70mm prints could be struck for release to theatres that can showcase it as such. In the DC area, there are at least two theatres that can present it, the Uptown and the AFI Silver theatre, if 70mm is impractical, then release it in IMAX

I love that still photo. I'm going to subscribe to be updated on this sure-to-be wonderful film. Mahalo.

I first saw Baraka in 70mm in LA. To me, it's the perfect film. You get what you want out of it. In a strange way it's like listening to old radio shows, you see what you need to see. You are as much your own story teller as Ron Fricke.
I have had every format of this film through the years. VHS, Laser, DVD and now Blu-ray. My wife and I have watched this film more than any movie through the years. We never plan it, we just feel like we need to see it again. Can't wait for the next one. Don Mccuaig (IA member)

I am looking forward to this new film! Loved Baraka and excited to see what new technology can bring to this next version.

I have been waiting with bated breath for so long now, that i am beginning to believe this is a bit of a hoax... I hope not, but since i have been waiting, there has been two films released named Samsara..
One has been released(uploaded) on Youtube Here -
and Samsara the Movie IMDB Here -

Is Ron fricke stil naming it Samsara? And can you please tell us when it will be finished?

I only ask, because it is something i have been constantly looking forward to.. :-) :-) :-)

I had just recently got word from my cousin in Western Isreal who helped with the filming of what was meant to be Samsara. Unfortunately the film ended up over-budget and filming has currently been put on hold. I was very unsatisfied when hearing the news, but lets cross our fingers and hope that filming my start again shortly. Either way I don't believe the movie will be released until late 2011 or early 2012 due to the issues being dealt with at the moment.

The film has absolutely not been put on hold. They are now in post production and have edited a big part of it.

I spoke with Mark Magidson, the producer, within the last few months.
He told me they had just returned home to the USA, with principal filming complete. They were then concentrating on production.
I agree it will probably be 2011 or 2012 before a release, however it seems the primary filming is already complete.
As Samsara is not a Hollywood movie it will come to fruition in a different way, and may take a long time.

Mark Magidson (producer) email me recently and refereed to the film as Samsara. I think they will stick with this name, or maybe they will change it to something else when they release it.

We have to be patient, it's not a Hollywood movie with a big budget, etc.
It's a film, that takes a long time to make.

Before opening Samsara to the public, I think this movie should be made available online for everyone to watch and spread around. Give your movie to world I say. Thank you for Baraka, it was a blessing.

Daniel, I agree with you that the film should be made available for everyone to watch and spread around. I feel that having a streaming online version of Samsara will not shake foundations and will compromise the film's cinematic integrity. Fricke should not compromise on the 70mm viewing. Ron has blessed us with his films. Shouldn't we at least reimburse him by supporting the film in theatres for all of his hard work?

If you have seen any of these films in a theatre then you will know the extra sensory experience that this brings.
It doesn't matter how big you TV at home is, it won't compare to the BIG screen.
I will attend a theatre showing as soon as is possible.

Samsara will cost millions of dollars to make. The costs have to be recouped, theatres and DVD are the easiest way to achieve this.
Without the money, the films would not exist, and we would not be talking about this now.

I just saw Baraka for the first time last year and it blew me away in every aspect. Artistically this movie is 1 of the best, every scene to me was beautiful and the synchronization of music just flows with everything. I am only 24years old and have shared this with my family. Thank you for opening our eyes to some of the most beautiful places in different corners of the world. I catch alot of double meaning on the way this film was made and presented through scenes and I believe I got the picture. I cannot wait for Samsara to be released and I will look forward to it. Thank you guys so much and Bless you. - Chris.

When will Samsara be ready to watch?

Shooting is not yet complete. The finished film will probably be ready in 2010 or 2011.

will it be launched in 2009? I hope so...


Shooting is still under way. 2010 is looking more likely.

The other week was suppose to be the longest Solar Eclipse in the 21 century. The whole experience was said to have lasted over 8 minutes, Central Asia getting the best look. We in the states, unfortunately could not view this great spectacle.

Anyway, I was wondering (and secretly hoping) that Ron Fricke was able to capture this phenomenon on 70mm for Samsara!!

Any updates or news about this?

I am not sure if the team was able to shoot the eclipse.
I know they have just completed the last leg of major shooting, which included a visit to Europe.

I saw Baraka some years ago in 70mm at the Arlequin movie theater in Paris, and loved it.
I have long bought the DVD, and will get the blue ray version as soon I will have HD video equipment.
Meanwhile I am waiting for the release of Samsara, hoping that it will be showed in 70mm.

IS A MUST for this film!! Even "" gave this a "reference" rating. Stunning detail, blacks levels...fantastic sound (DTS-HD Master Audio) It'll blow away your DVD copy, just gorgeous.

Can't wait for Samsara too!!

is there any news to hold on to and keep on waiting?

your work is nothing like Ron's or what it's all about! Your way off of what he's tryin to bring across... Your work or your webpage shows mostly fashion!

Many Western practitioners of Buddhism think of Nirvana as the end goal, and that it is a release from the cycle of rebirth (either envisioned as a cessation of everything, or as eternal bliss). This isn't quite right. Nirvana or Enlightenment is an awakening to reality as it really is, not an escape from reality. To be truly enlightened isn't to pass away from the cycle of rebirth, it is to be fully conscious of the process, and be an active protagonist in it, rather than simply being swept away by it (not that one can "control" it, but to be aware of the illusion of control). Pretty much, Samsara is the yin, nirvana is the yang. The same "indescribable whole", different facets of it.

Ayubowan( "May you live long"),

I am one of the original Partners of Samsara Retreats International that intend to set up several world wide retreats that will allow people of higher intellectual and spiritual needs to gather several times a year to learn from each other and to become better human beings with spiritual and intellectual development as two desired objectives.

It will embrace a spirit of tolerance and sharing and will be strictly non denominational.

I would encourage anyone interested in my vision to join us in a) Creating the Vision for the Retreats. B) Becoming a Partner of the Global Network of Samsara Retreats C) Becoming a member of the Advisory Board to ensure an environment of learning without any close mindedness or bigotry.


Anil De Silva

I'm a Baraka fan and am really looking forward to seeing Samsara when it is released. One line at the end of the description of the Act's said "Long Live Samsara". My understanding of Samsara is, more to do with suffering. In The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying "Beaten helplessly by the pounding waves in the infinate ocean of Samsara". Just thought I might mention that and that I understand it to be more "caught up" in our own wheel of life because of unfinished business or our strugles. Dont know if this makes any sense to you that may read this.

Dear Ron Fricke,
You have got to be my soulmate!:) Thank you for blessing us with Baraka and I look forward to watching Samsara!!
Sending you lots of love,

You have mentioned in your opening sentence that the word "Samsara" is Tibetian on orgin. This is a Sanskrit word and would be apt to give the origin to India and its ancient civilization.
Thank you
December 27th 2005

maybe you should put some info when Samsara will be relased??? we are waiting so long time now!

I watched Baraka and really fall in love with non-verbal documentary.
It depicts our real love with supreme, for which every one is anxious of.

"Everybody is looking for KRISHNA.
Some don't realize that they are, but they are." -george harrison

Baraka is one of the pivotal film releases of the '90s.And thus one cannot wait for the release of Samsara... But when is it coming????How long must we wait....may this recieve the praise that Baraka had and may it come out soon,real soon.
Go on,Ron, How long do we have to wait really ????

Hello! As Marcel from Switzerland asked you before, please tell us, when will Samsara be released (month/date)? Can't wait! Regards, Amber Vriends

We currently do not have any details about the release of Samsara. As soon as we have some details this website will be updated, and a news letter sent to all members.

Why is it taking so long for the release of Samsara? Baraka was released back in 1994 I believe. That is 12 years ago!! Anyone know why. There was a comment from Ron Fricke back in the mid nineties about Samsara, but have not heard or seen anything yet. Why 12 years?

Could you please direct me where to find more info about that project of your's? It sounds interesting.

I hope to see Samsara soon.

Dear Ron,

I have been trying to get your contact address as my company- Lowe Indonesia wants to use shots/footages from your movie "Chronos".
Could someone please let me know who I should contact and the contact address ?
Really appreciate for any help.

Thx, Bimoyadi

We are waiting for release also! Thanks for making this kind of films!!
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I commend you on your quest of "condensing" the essence/beauty and reality of humanity( the deep stuff that no one wants to talk about, that no one can talk about). Thank you. Looking forward to Samsara.

I truly believe that Baraka made me want to become a photographer. I first saw it when I was 16, after seeing the movie I saw things differently. I had never been exposed to any thing like it at all. I realized that capturing powerful/beautiful images was the only thing I ever wanted to do after seeing Baraka. Now I am a professional photographer in Los Angeles (self-taught). I know it sounds cheesy, but Baraka set me along the path to where I am today. I have been waiting for the sequel ever since. Does any one know where it will premier. I would give anything to be in that audience.

I first saw Baraka in a community theatre in Adelaide, SA in the 90's. I was so inspired by it that I saw it again several times. It captivated me completely and I often reflect on the film. My dream is to visit some of the places that Ron and his crew filmed with my family. I have just read that Samsara is being made. I would like to thank Ron and his people for making a sequel to Baraka and I cannot wait to see it. Best regards - Carl.

Be aware that there is a film 'The Samsara' with a Tibetan theme. I nearly ordered it thinking that it was 'our' Samsara!

Whenever I am asked about my favorite movie, I never hesitate to respond with 'Baraka'. It has moved me every single time I've seen it and I believe humankind would be better served if everyone were able to sit down and watch it.

Thank you.

Thanks very much for Baraka film, and many others that use this way of making films. These materials have trained my view of the world towards an amazing and comprehensive level. No words can really explain it.

All these words...your sounds great!!!
Hardly wait the movie !!!
Can you tell me an approximative data,when will be released the film ? Please answer me ! Thank you !

One of the best things about DVDs is you can watch - repeatedly - these wonderful films. The Qatsi trilogy to start, Chronos, and my favorite forever, Baraka. Each viewing reveals another insight, visual, aural, or philosophical. I admire Mr. Fricke's work tremendously and can't wait to see Samsara.

I saw "Baraka" only a few years ago.
Since then, I resaw it countless times.
Afterall, there are some Humans in Humanity...Thank you, Mr Ron Fricke!
We all have phisical organs like eyes, brain, ears. But Human beeings, don't use them equally. To see, to think, or to ear, is nothing if we don't merge feelings and emotions with rational thoughts. Conscience is the emergency that comes out from that, plus our experiences. However, I believe there is an abstract and absolut type of superior Conscience.
Baraka can do us two things: awakes us for that kind of Conscience all humans should have by now, or reminds us what we're here for and reguides us into the path.
Thank You again for you eyes, your brain, and your Conscience!

Well time is moving on and we are heading toward the last quarter of 2006! I was and still am blow away by Brarak. Really looking forward to Samsara. Any indication of a release date yet?

i've come here, following links from a utube clip of the baraka monkey chant,not knowing of samsara and 5 minutes later i am impatient for this sequel. I first saw baraka in the early 90's and it is by a clear margin my absolute favourite film, i couldn't move from my seat to leave the cinema that night, i can still remember the drive home in the dark, looking at all the headlights, knowing that THEY hadn't seen what i'd just witnessed, they didn't know what i now knew. It has burned itself into my mind and remains there to this day. I always have a wry smile when i see a tv advert/pop video/ fancy bit of filming/ same location that has been filmed in the same way, especially night time-lapse just like big K's moonrise and skyscraper moment, but times 100! for instance the tokyo crossroads- copied copied copied, and no credit given EVER to Fricke and Magidson- but we all know don't we...

Is this thing still shooting?

As a huge fan of the Qatsis, Chronos, and Baraka, I eagerly await Samsara--I have also noticed that the "Ashes and Snow" (traveling photography/film exhibit by Gregory Colbert) films have a certain resonance with the Fricke films. It seems to be that Colbert has been inspired by Ron Fricke's work. Great! We all need more work with this spirit.

Never before or after have I experianced a film as I experianced Baraka. After the final chapter I went straight back to the beginning, and ended up watching the film three times in a row. It inspires one to live life, and to further respect life. No other celebration of similar nature equals the superb quality of Baraka. Thank you. I eagerly await the release of Samsara.

i don't even know what to say except wow.

I could only wish and dream to personally witness all those things shown to us collectively in Baraka. If samsara improves on it then I cannot see how anyone could not wish to be a part of the force that wants to create change to bring balance and fairness finally into this world.

All my wishes go to Ron Fricke to create another spiritual masterpiece capable of warming even the coldest of souls out there in this beautiful but sadly corrupted reality we call life.

Peace be with you

Who will be provind the soundtrack to Samsara. I think it would be awesome to hear more Lisa Gerrard. Also, is there a release date in sight?

Thanks, and godspeed

it's almost the end of the 2006 now, so I am expecting that Samsara will not be released until 2007. I'm sure everyone is frustrated with the lack of updates on what's going on but I guess art can't be rushed. I would just like to know if the tenetive release of 2006 has now been puched so I can rest my anxiety. So, Ron Fricke, or someone who knows, please let your audience know, what is the verdict?

Tis now 2007 and there is no word of a release date.

Please Ron lets us know how things are going.


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.

I personally can't wait for Samsara! If it's a quarter as good as Baraka it'll be well worth the wait. I just can hope, with the rest of us here, that it'll be out soon :)

Thanks also for such a great site..

I wonder will Mr. Fricke finalize his ultimate masterpiece in this year. As it says above, Baraka to Samsara will be related as some kind of introduction. We have now great expectations!!! I belive that Samsara will be the move with the potencial to change the view of a world!

mr. Fricke is shooting in New Orleans right now, so maybe the production schedule is pushed pretty far back -

I'm on the edge of my chair waiting to experience Ron Fricke's work in Samsara. His time-lapse cinematography from the early 1990's (Baraka) is the finest I've ever seen. Baraka is simply outstanding! I can only imagine what imagery he's created since then. I've been so inspired by Baraka that I've produced my own time-lapse motion imagery of the cosmos ( and hope to be creating exciting new time-lapse clips for the foreseeable future. I only hope to someday achieve a 'Baraka' level of quality in my own work. Ron Fricke is a masterful cinematographer and his imagery has had tremendous impact on the direction of my own creativity.

From past experience in watching films by Fricke and Reggio, the amount of time needed to capture the soul-piercing images with cutting-edge technology and skill is vast. Fricke has progressed so much since the 80s, and I'm willing to wait for the right time when all the elements present themselves. In today's chaotic world (any less so than the 80s and 90s?) many new splendors and horrors must be offering themselves for Fricke's eye and posterity.

I only hope that this movie is released in a high definition format to expose the exquisite detail captured via 70mm... a re-release of Baraka in HD would be equally awsome!

In an entry dated 08-Jan-2007, David from Madrid, Spain, writes:

"In these times of madness and despair 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...."

Not only do I completely agree, but as an instructor at a state college, I make it a point to show this film ever semester to my English 110 students, requiring them to write a journal entry about it, and encouraging them to choose it for writing their critical analysis (one of seven major term papers due each semester) instead of one of the texts we've read. I do this for two reasons: it is a lot more enjoyable to grade (laughs) and because by further reflecting and thinking about the film, it can lead to deeper and more lasting insights.

So then, everybody has to write a journal entry and some students choose to go on and write their critical analysis on the film as well. I've posted excerpts from last semester's journals at in case you'd like to see how college students react to the experience. Bottom line? With few exceptions, I really think they got it and that is absolutely thrilling to me as an educator. We can sit around and read texts about cultural diversity all semester long, but in about an hour's time, we accomplish more than we do half the rest of the semester. It goes back to "show, don't tell."

I hope, Mr. Fricke, that you check this site from time to time. For years, I have shown my art students ( a population of developmentally disabled adults with mental illnesses) Baraka and Koyaanisqatsi on an annual basis as a source of inspiration, and to illustrate a few ways that subjects can be transformed into art by selection, by portraying them in a certain context, from a certain perspective. I do this periodically partially because a lot of them really require repetition, some have very little memory of such things, and I do get some rotation of the population. I also share the films with everyone who cares to listen or borrow my DVDs.
I finally got my hands on a copy of Chronos and watched it with my classes (ah, yes, I have four, so I get to see them several times in a week's time). I loved it, they loved it, and I thought a thank you was long over due. I can't wait to finally catch one on the big screen, when Samsara is finished.

Thank you for the blessing of Baraka. I hope you find time to visit the beautiful megaliths of Malta and Gozo in the Mediterranean, which are the oldest standing man-made structures in the world. They would be perfect for Act 3 of Samsara. Sam.

I sincerely hope the "Transit of Venus" is featured in Samsara. The first phase of the transit of Venus began on June 8, 2004 and the 2nd phase will be completed June 6, 2012.

Baraka remains one of my favorite pieces of work overall. I have the film and soundtrack and continue to enjoy both. SO look forward to "Samsara"! Thank you for your outstanding work! Beautiful to the eye, ears and spirit.

This is fantastic masterpiece! When I was watching "Baraka" I was plunged in something like wondering trance! I was so imressed, that seemed like it was flowing through me like magical emanations! Have no words, just emotions! Thank you for this incredible film!

When and where will samsara be available

When will be the release of the Samsara? Can we expect on one this autumn ?

I've studied sanskrit and I believe that "Samsara or sa?sara (Sanskrit: ?????) refers to the cycle of reincarnation or rebirth in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other related religions." Source: wikipedia for the exact definition. I'm pretty sure the root is Sanskrit.

I check this board frequently hoping for bits of information on the production and eventual release of Samsara. Finally, some details emerge via the Variety article mentioned below. Specifically:
Shooting has begun, and will last 12-14 months
Lisa Gerrard (of Gladiator fame) will be involved in the score

I can't wait.

We are all waiting for Samsara, not seing that it's already here:)

I am pretty sure i read on this site last year that samsara was "under production" for few years now and the expected release date was sometime end of 2006 or 2007 ? But now we hear that they just started shooting it ? :(. It would be great if they also post some details about the behind the scene politics and business matters that are delaying this so much. I cant wait to watch it in theatre. I missed Barake on theatre cuz i knew about it too late but the DVD itself just blew me away. i have so far gifted this as a great present to several prople that i know including family and they only came back with repeat viewings and great comments every single time and they thank me. Cant wait to get the HD version.. I will buy a large wide screen tv just to enjoy it. its WORTH it !!

I just saw Baraka and am exstatic in front of such a great work. I cannot say that it is has cinematographic language, instead it speaks the language of the cosmos.
This movie, along with koyanisktasi film and trilogy should be put on a medium and sent to outerspace. They say who we are and how desperate we've become.
Waitinf Samsara.
God bless.

I think Baraka is most beautiful movie i ever saw. For me its almost journey to other world..ehhh fantastic

Baraka was, and for me continues to be, fabulous. I've watched it many times. I purchase it for selected friends and give it as a celebration of the role of art in life: to find "the big picture" in the picture, as it were. I'm very much looking forward to Samsara.

I cannot wait to see this new film. Baraka is truly and enlightening film that sets high standards for film making and depicts human emotion and self destruction in a short period of time. People do need to see more films like this one.Thank you...

Well for me, Baraka was an amazing journey through countries I have never visited. This is a film that did not only make me want to visit these amazing places, but also revaluate the priorities in my life. It reassured me that beauty is not found in objects, but rather in simple moments such as being able to see the sunrise. After seeing Baraka, and reading the notes on Samsara, I will definitely be looking forward to buying both films. Thank you!

what happened to the savage garden collaboration fricke was working on with reggio? the concept web site is down? anyone? bueller?

Gawd, I love Baraka, if I can find anyone who I respect and know would appreciate this film I make a point to show it to them. It's just breathtaking and I have been awaiting Samsara ever since I heard of it's inception. If anyone knows when to expect the release of this film, PLEASE let me know! I'd greatly appreciate it. Also feel free to add me to your space if you have one....

I'm guessing the Savage Garden project is on hold or scrapped, due to Samsara?

Anyone catch the 70mm print of Baraka at the Aero in Los Angeles last weekend?

It was like Haley's comet.

I hope the Samsara movie will have wonderfull soundtrack as Baraka has. I hope Ron will not use any not from Philie Glass that made the worst concept of music ever (!!!!). How can you listen his ugly ...stuff!!?!?! He ruins the movie Kundun with his ugly music (also the movie Hamburger Hill)! The movie Kundun i watch with audio down and put the CD TIBET by Mark Isham that is more perfect. Please Ron dont call Philip for the music of Samsara!!!

BARAKA IS PERFECT, well let samsara be as good..soundtrack is so important...baraka has wonderfull soundtrack
i think lisa gerrard is great choice....

concerning music soundtrack i agree with previous comment. baraka/chronos ost - perfect stuff to hear, but i can`t say in such manner about music soundtrack of "qatsi" trilogy. i simply *do not like* it at all.

Michael Sterns may be involved with the soundtrack. He provided the soundtrack to Baraka and Chronos.

Samsara is not a Tibetan word. It's Sanskrit.

some people here are writing bad about the music of philip glass (and do not write the name correctly - this means a lot).

first, i think you have to respect the music of others like your own taste. second, 12-tone-music is not a simple popmusic - it is minimal classic. very hard to compose and also very hard to understand. i think for some people here it is a must to listen to his music seriously before they prejudge.

otherwise i think, this people cannot understand music at all much less the movies and their messages.

i can`t wait... gimme it:) i am tired to be on the watch almost year:)

I would love to buy an HD version of Baraka and Samsara!

I am having a mixed feeling on the title Samsara. Years ago when I first read The Tibetan Book of The Dead I was introduced to Samsara. This terms describes the cycle of death and rebirth. The rebirth is due to a previous natural life that was not spiritually complete. Rebirth can take the form of a dog, a pig, or even a rat. Nirvana is achieved through a complete life spiritually. A spirit achieving Nirvana will not be reborn and they become free from the chains of Samsara. Samsara being something not desired. My interpretation must be incorrect. Please explain to me the use of Samsara as a title for this movie. Film is a very powerful artform and means of communication. Samsara as described in The Tibetan Book of The Dead is punishment for a life not lead spiritually perfect. Feedback please.

Does anyone know when is the release date for this film? I can't find it yet, so I assume it is not yet out. Thanks,


Estoy esperando ansioso esta producción. Baraka y Chronos me parecen obras maestras. Seguro que esta pasa a la historia pero ya se esta demorando mucho.
Saludos desde España.

I would like to buy Samsara & Baraka

Ok, what's happend with Samsara? :)

Is there any word about how much longer this film has to go before it's complete?

I'm waiting for "Samsara" with a great anticipation. Dear Ron Fricke, you can't imagine how many fans do you really have all over the world! For a long time your "Baraka" was a highest achievement and masterpiece among the documentary non-verbal movies. Your created a new genre and set a standard in it. Your movies are beyond the time. They are perfect.

When is it out? Please, I need it. Can't live without it ;)

philip glass is one of the best musicans for movies ever!!!

Can someone tell me when will the release be? Approx. date would be great!

According to my internet research, many of the copies of Baraka on Blu-Ray snag at sequence 19 -- including mine -- and will stall the movie until you stop the disk, restart, and search for sequence 20, skipping one of the most memorable scenes in the move. The manufacturer has not responded to my request for another copy. This is outrageous for a $30 disk.

Still no news, but I hope the making of the film is going alright. I don't know if they revealed all of the filmed locations ; I think it would be amazing to see places like Teotihuacan, Deihr El Bahari and such. I truly can't wait to see Samsara, Baraka is one of (if not THE) absolute top movies for me !

First time i saw Baraka 4 years ago.Then during 2 or 3 weeks, i came home, turn on dvd, and wach this masterpice, and every single time i had different filling about it. Sometimes i even forget how to brithe.How i wish to be a part of a film crew, filming samsara!

Just a correction. Samasara is not a Tibetan word. It's a Sanskrit word.

Hi Ron, I would like to get in touch with you on an atmospheric song/soundtrack project of mine. It would be very much appreciated. Thanks and best. Dinesh.

does anybody knows when samsara ist going to be released in germany...

dear all,

just for your information samsara is a sanskrit word which has been used for thousands of years in india.

i dont know how it became tibetan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If this film is as good as Baraka....Guys I can not wait to see it

The Tibetan connection to the word 'samsara' almost certainly comes from the Sanskrit. If I recall correctly, the Buddhist scholar Padmasambava ('Guru Rinpoche' to the Tibetans) brought Buddhism from India to Tibet, where it evolved into what we now call Tibetan Buddhism. I think that the Tibetan alphabet also contains a number of characters from Sanskrit.

As for Samsara the movie, I eagerly await its release and am sure it will be fantastic.

However, I am saddened that in choosing the title 'Samsara', the crew seemed to have paid scant regard to Pan Nalin's movie of the same name:

Released in 2001, it's a beautifully spiritual and sensual movie with a wonderful soundtrack, but not in the non-verbal genre. When the non-verbal Samsara gets released, the two will probably get confused with each other, which will be a great pity for both movies...

Something to look forward in a very special way. A warmth, a fear, a love. We are lucky to people with a vision for what is truly real.

term samsara comes from sanskrit, not tibetan. it is also found in pali, language of the traditional buddhist suttas (sutras). it means endless wandering in different realms of existence until the awakening is attained i.e. nibbana (sansk. - nirvana). samsara is something which should be abandoned and all indian religions agree on that. it represents human slavery to rounds of rebirths which can only cease in total eradication of greed, aversion and delusion (dosa, lobha and moha).

i think that David Helpling & Jon Jenkins would be perfect choice...

The root of the word "Samsara" is indeed Sanskrit. The Tibetan translation of the work is ' Most modern Tibetan scholars, writers, and teachers commonly use the term "Samsara", however.

"Samsara" can be defined as "the cycle of rebirth, the wheel of existence, which arises out of ignorance and is marked by suffering." (not an easy concept to get one's head around!). It is an uncontrolled cycle of birth and death in which sentient beings, driven by unskillful actions and destructive emotions perpetuate their own suffering. "Nirvana" is the state beyond such suffering, when the true nature of the mind is realized. When the true nature of the mind is still obscured by delusion, we call this "samsara".

When Buddha achieved enlightenment over 2,500 years ago, he saw that ignorance of our true nature is the root of all the torment of samsara, and the root of ignorance itself is our mind's habitual tendency to distraction. To end the mind's distraction would be to end samsara itself; the key to this, he realized, is to bring the mind home to its true nature, through the practice of meditation. The true nature of the mind is said to be one of a primordial, pure, pristine awareness that is at once intelligent, cognizant, radiant and awake. One might therefore say that the true nature of the mind is "luminous, spacious, and loving".

It it very interesting that the filmmakers have chosen this concept as the title of the picture. There are many scenes in Baraka that awaken strong emotions and a connection to our humanity through nature and spirit. We also see the some of the harms that many our actions are having on the world and we are left to ponder what "delusions" we may be operating under!

The stunning combination of the visual and auditory in the filmmakers' work has the unique capacity to open the audience's hearts and minds to the mystery, tragedy, and beauty that the world holds. When we personally experience these things unfolding it becomes impossible not to experience some level of compassion and kindness towards one another and, indeed, all living creatures!

Sogyal Rinpoche has some interesting comments on the subject of samsara in the "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying":

"Sometimes I think that the greatest achievement of modern culture is its brilliant selling of samsara and its barren distractions. Modern society seems to me a celebration of all the things that lead away from the truth, make truth hard to live for, and discourage people from even believing that it exists. And to think that all this springs from a civilization that claims to adore life, but actually starves it of any real meaning; that endlessly speaks of making people "happy", but in fact blocks their way to the source of real joy.

This modern samsara feeds off any anxiety and depression that it fosters and trains us all in, and carefully nurtures with a consumer machine that needs to keep us greedy to keep going. Samsara is highly organized, versatile, and sophisticated; it assaults us from every angle with its propaganda, and creates an almost impregnable environment of addiction around us. The more we try to escape, the more we seem to fall into the traps it is so ingenious at setting for us. As the eighteenth century Tibetan master Jikme Lingpa said: "Mesmerized by the sheer variety of perceptions, beings wander endlessly astray in samsara's vicious cycle." "

May these words may be useful to anyone reading them.

Title aside, I am very much looking towards another amazing feature length piece of magic from the team.

I've heard rumors that it shall be released around March of 09'. Can anyone else confirm this?


Its been now two years and still it has no official site to know how much longer are we suppose to wait? Does anybody have information regarding this movie, is it gonna be on any festivals, when and where can i buy it ext ext

Without words to express the inspirational gratification and profound effects Baraka had on my psyche, one can only begin to imagine what Samsara will do to one's perspectives. I only hope a theatrical release will be possible, IMAX maybe. Also, when is Mr. Fricke taking in resume's for a PA...

Just got an email from my friend who is trekking in Ladakh. The film team was there shooting at Thiksy monastery. One of the camera technicians said they were shooting in Philippines, Hong Kong, Ladakh, Burma and China. She got some photos of a sand mandala that the monks made for the project.

Just bought and saw the latest re-release of Baraka in Blu-Ray high definition. Awesome is too modest a word, the 8K digital conversion makes this marvelous film look better than ever except for the initial 70mm premiere in LA and NY. I hope and expect Samsara to be just as terrific.

Does anyone know how long Samsara will be in production and when it is scheduled to be released? I love Chronos and Baraka!!!!!

just want to say that if you have a blu-ray player!! buy the Baraka blu-ray version, its AMAZING!!! lots of extra info on the movie on there as well. peace!

The word 'Samsara' is not Tibetan. It is a Sanskrit word which means "the world around us that imprisons the soul in never ending cycles of death and rebirth until 'moksha' (liberation) is attained."

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