Win a pair of Tickets to the Samsara showing in London Monday 20th August 2012

Last updated by Darren on 19 August 2012

Update: This competition has closed, and a winner has been selected.  Thanks everyone who entered, there are some great thoughts and feelings about Baraka in the comments below.


Those lovely people at Arrow Films (UK Samsara distributor) are giving away one pair of tickets for the Samsara showing this Monday in London - 20th August 2012.

The showing is at The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH.  The showing starts at 7pm, drinks before start at 6:30pm.

There is an online Q&A session with Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson after the showing.

To enter the competition:  Leave a comment in the form below telling us about your experience with Baraka.  You can tell us about your favorite scenes, the message you get from the film, or anything else you want to tell us about Baraka.

  • The competition closes on Saturday morning - 18th August 2012 at 10am (UK BST).  
  • The winner will be picked at random from the comments below.
  • The winner will be emailed straight after they are selected.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • The winner will win one pair of tickets. 
  • Please only enter if you can attend this showing.

Good luck!

Baraka shows us the beating heart of the planet, in a very holistic and poetic way. Through its various symbolic scenes it tries to make us aware of a linking thread which unites everyone of us - our actions, feelings and thoughts - into a single whole, the living planet.

10 years ago I met a lovely young lady one dark cold winters evening, who after travelling for 8 months found herself back in our home town (back to reality with a bump).
After many hours of recounting stories from far away she said how unhappy she was to be back on home soil.
I explained that I was unable to physically take her off to far away places or exotic countries right at this very moment but I could do something on a mental/visual level!
That evening was her first experience of BARAKA (Viewed via a video projector at my house).
When the film finished with the biggest smile the young lady said thank you for that wonderful experience!
She went on to become my wife and we now have 3 children.
So with a big smile I say a big thank you Baraka!!

I heard about Baraka from a strange guy with dreadlock hair back in 2008. At that time I had to decide what discipline to study in university. He was studying anthropology. I absolutely loved the movie when I first watched it. Then I've watched it maybe a dozen times. A few months later I ended up studying anthropology too. That strange guy is now one of my best friends.

I was totally gripped by Baraka and started looking for similar movies. That's how I found about spiritofbaraka.com. This website has been an inspiration for me for a few years now. My dream is to watch Samsara on a huge screen. I've dreamt about this for nearly four years.

Baraka is really nice for the kids, no graphic material and very educational. Thanks to Baraka, my children will become upstanding members of society, please help me complete their upbringing by giving me the tickets to this event. Remember, children of today are our future. My favorite part of the film are the shots in the underground, great use of a moving stop motion camera, they are an impressive never seen before, jaw dropping effect. My girlfriend says that I'm I am obviously not a great writer, but I do have a fantastic taste in films. Thanks to Baraka, I have succeeded in life, I am at peace with all existential problems, and am on the verge of finding a cure for cancer. Baraka has changed my life, long live Baraka, and the immortal god of 70mm panavision Ron Frieke.

I love this film. It was cinematically beautaful and had the most beautiful images from around the world.

Like Koyaanisqatsi on which (unsurprisingly) Fricke worked, Baraka is a testament to the sheer power of cinema -- he tells us the story of ourselves and reconfigures our relationship with the world. Like a tuning fork to the centre of the earth, if I close my eyes and conjure the film and what I feel about it I'm left with the sound of an enormous Tibetan bowl, a resonating truth, life in a film.

Baraka is one of the most inspirational films ever made, and transends all cultures and languages. I cant really add anything that has not been said already. If I do win the tickets though, Mark & Ron may get a question during the Q&A about the fact why there are no 70MM prints of Samsara - Boo.

Hi, Baraka was our most enlightening experience on a screen ever. Since the first time I've seen it with my sister we have made it a ritual to watch Baraka every time we meet. She's coming tomorrow to Munich and she's staying for a week. We would freak out to be in London on the 20th!!!!

Baraka is a cinematic walk into history and geography of this beautiful planet. I can't wait to see Samsara.

I was introduced to Baraka while searching for great cinematography on BlueRay. I was not interested in the subject matter or content at that point. I was simply looking for the best picture I could push to my TV for testing purposes. Needless to say, I was blown away. I have replayed that disk many times and wait anxiously for Samsara. Come on to Ontario.

Welcome to Beauty! It goes into your heart!

Baraka is a film I can return to whenever I need a lift - it is beyond inspirational. One of the most moving and thought-provoking films out there.

There are many moments in the film I love - but the one I love the most is the sea coming through the rock arch - because I love rock arches!

Baraka, for me, created a new dimension in the medium of film. As the making of the film was a meditation, so too is the viewing of the film. Baraka showed me that the human spirit has no dialect. What unites us is stronger than any walls we build.

I have long been a fan of the films of Ron Fricke, so much so that in 2003 I decided to pack in my day job and go and study digital media, and eventually write a dissertation on his breed of non-narrative movies, as well as making Hylozoism, my own 35 minute ode to his work.

After endlessly watching the 2 Qatsi films on DVD, I started buying up all of Fricke and Reggio's work, becoming a little obsessed with the imagery, music and production process. For me, the beauty of Baraka is not just in it's wonderful mix of stunning score and breathtaking imagery (all of which leaves you in a truly contemplative place) but in the wonder of how it was made, from the custom cameras, to the robotic timelapse tripods Fricke builds. In short Fricke's work inspires my own film-making and inspiration.

Ever since Fricke's initial press release announcing Samsara in the mid-1990s, I've been excitedly awaiting the release and now it is so exciting to know it is finished and ready to be seen!

I voted for Obama because of my love for this film.

"Baraka" inspires me as a writer and it does not need words nor narration because it is pure poetry... This movie has brought me to deeper into the beautiful and mysterious reality of life... I simply can't wait for "Samsara!"

Baraka was without a doubt the most inspiring film I watched while at university. So much so that I changed my degree to media technology so that I could experiment with timelapse filming. Haven't looked back, still love it today.

Writing about Baraka is like dancing about architecture. Nevertheless I will try to describe Baraka with words. Those words are: "audiovisual meditation".

Two of Ron Fricke's movies changed my life. First it was Chronos which I saw at the IMAX cinema across the street from my dorm room while studying at the University of Southern California in LA. Immediately after seeing that film I knew that I wanted to be a filmmaker. I applied to my university's film school and was accepted! When I subsequently saw Baraka I was mesmerised. I bought a camera and traveled through Mexico, filming everything I found visually compelling. I knew I wanted to make beautiful films like Baraka, visual poems with beautiful music. Many years later I found myself living for a year at one of the locations in Baraka, Lake Natron in Tanzania, filming Disney's first wildlife film in 50 years, a visual love letter to nature called The Crimson Wing. So as you can see, Ron's films and work genuinely changed my life and I would be so delighted to be able to attend the Samsara screening in London, where I now live.

For me, Baraka is probably the best film of all time (Koyanisqaatsi/Powaqqatsi are also contenders for #1). I saw it when it first came out in the 90s and was blown away. Truly a life-changing experience... for those with an open mind.

This movie is truly an inspiration to all HUMANITY! I wanted to share this with everyone, all of my friends and family,. It transformed my artwork into something more meaningful and I wanted to reflect what you guys filmed into my canvases.. Such wonderful colors and places..

I was a teacher(Geography, Anthropology, History) and I took students to see the film. I bought my own copy and used in classes. I love it still, and look so forward to Samsara.

Baraka for me is a movie which shows in a incredible way the diversity
of human beings and the magic of this planet.
Every single picture has a unique aesthetic quality and by putting them to a whole movie they have the power to give everyone a complete new feeling of life as a journey. For me, a photojournalist and student of globalisation and sociel science the movie contains the my fascination for photography, colors, human beings and social processes. Keep on inspiring!

While channel surfing several years ago, I happened upon he most mesmerizing scene in Baraka! It was the macaque relaxing in the hot springs during winter! The interconnectedness of that animal was perfect-You could see a "person" in it as it enjoyed the warmth of the water while surrounded by winter. I was hooked and sat in wonder for the entire film! I've never heard of Baraka and it wasn't until the end, did I realize there was no dialogue! The movie didn't need it! The cinematography was exquisite! As a high school biology teacher, I immediately went online to find it and order it for myself and my students! Lecturing on the Gaian theory and studying it in grad school really helped in my presentations to the classes before and after showing the film! Every single time I show it, the students are always amazed at the diversity and uniqueness of the movie! Thank you allowing me to introduce the world to them! Baraka is a must see film for all generations.

I was most impressed with the serenity of the scene captured at Srah Srang at the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Unfortunately the landscepe was not as good as in Baraka due to the fact that a palm tree has grown since Baraka right near the lion statue.

As to the tickets, I have been eagerly waiting for Samsara for many years and I am now a student in London leaving the city by the end of this year. This cannot be a coincedence! Since I cannot afford for the tickets, I wish so badly that I would win the draw!

Baraka moved me in the way that only lifes great events can - wonder of nature, the birth of a child. It touches something deep in all of us, transcending nationality, race, culture and religious belief or lack of.

Since catching a few minutes before getting ready for work one day I became fascinated by this piece of film and subsequently discovering the other fine pieces of cinema created with the familiar eye catching beauty and rich textures of our planet so magnificently captured on film. Everyone I've shared it with has been equally inspired, and I hold the experience of seeing it down as a contributing factor to pursuing the career I have chosen.

It's a film that I came upon by accident.. I watched it alone during a very confusing period in my life. It gave me great perspective, and both confirmed my concerns and most importantly restored my faith in this very strange and wonderful coordinate in space that we somehow find ourselves.
It will continue to remain the DVD gift box for all the new friends I make.
Great thanks to Ron Fricke and all the wonderful people involved in capturing such magic. You should be very proud.

Justin

Few films can alter one's worldview. When my partner left me this movie on my plate at supper one evening, I had no inkling this film would be one such rare art form. Gently provocative with a pure aesthetic. I was, and remain, moved by Baraka. I must admit I have Rediculously high hopes in seeing Samsara as well.

It was the first movie I watched with the person who became my wife, Elisabeth. Such a visual feast and profoundly thought provoking.

When we got married, we decided to both change our surname. After trying to merge our surnames (Ford and Hickman, which produce Fockman and Hord - really not good!) we decided to look elsewhere.

We love the movie, we love the meaning of the word (blessed or blessing in several languages) and we are now looking forward to the birth of our first child.

Dwayne Baraka

The scene where the monkey is bathing in the hot springs closes his eyes and begins to dream shows the sentience and emotionality of animals in a way that changed my understanding forever.

Baraka was the first film my (now) husband and I watched together. When we got married, we decided to choose a new surname to both take on. Because of the meaning of the word 'baraka' (blessing), made known to us through the film, we chose that as our new name. We're expecting our first baby Baraka in 2 weeks!

Ended up watching Baraka shortly before a holiday to the UK for a few months — ended up staying, setting up base and travelling elsewhere for 13+ years...

Little did I know when I popped that rented VHS into my VCR that night that I was inadvertently starting a journey that would last ten years.
It affected me so deeply that I spent many years after retracing the steps of the film around the globe, often standing in the spots where scenes must have been filmed. Linked above is my travel journal: at one point in Egypt I even quip about the Baraka water I bought locally and the irony.
Using the film as my map, I've visited about 2/3 of the sites shown. One day I hope to have visited them all.
Why? What kind of impact has the film had on me would compel me to the ends of the earth? Well, like the film, I've always had a hard time arresting with simple mere words the whats and whys. I think it so succinctly illustrates us, illustrates our life as a species, who and what we are, for better or worse. It enlivened something in me, this beautiful commonality I share and live with everyone and everywhere in this film. This film became a good friend, and eventually, I wanted to visit. So I did. I found work abroad in the travel industry, I put everything I owned in a small storage space, and I didn't come back for four years.

I've waited years for Samsara. Checking websites for updates, looking around for online rumors, it became a daily ritual. The years are finally almost over.

Baraka, kapow, a visual overload that left me deafened, an audio feast that blinded my ears while exposing the love hate relationship between animals humans mother nature, father time.

I watched the film as I was recommended to do so , but a friend. And when I watched it I had a huge awakening. At the time I wanted to travel but I was afraid to do so, but after seeing the film it gave me the courage to follow my dreams. The film has been very inspirational to me. I have shown it to my friends, as well as my mother and grandmother who also loved it!

The monkey dreaming in the hot springs confronts us with the sentience and emotionality of animals. A very beautiful and powerful scene.

I love this film because it can touch anybody. It indiscriminately forces us all to think about the world in which we live and our actions as human beings. It is beautiful, cutting edge and sometimes harsh in parts. All aspects of human nature are presented, uninhibited, no gloss, only truth.
People from different countries and cultures can sit and watch this together. There is no need for words, just beautiful and raw imagery.
I recommend watching this on blu-ray!

Baraka is one of my favourite cinematic experiences. Not only because of awe-inspiring photography. The film breaks with popular grammar and viewing habits. It creates its own aesthetic universe while it is clear that the filmmakers have great respect for their subjects: the landscapes, man-made structures and living beings within. The editing and use of sound and music stress the underlying philosophical questions: What is time? How does life come into being? What are our species' dangers and chances?
I am looking forward to watching the new work "Samsara" soon!

Filmed in 70mm format and set to an amazing score, Baraka travels around planet Earth documenting the best and worse of humanity.

For me the most surreal scene is the way the carmera glides into the interior of the bejeweled Shah Cheragh Mosque.

When I was researching for my dissertation at university I discovered what is now my favourite film of all time - Baraka. No other film has moved me in the same way this does, with it's powerful but very real observation of the world. Portrayed with stunning cinematography, beautiful music and perfect editing.

With its outstanding cinematography, for me Baraka was one of the best documentaries ever made and it took me to an inner journey of discovery, to be inspired and bring change to our world. Baraka gave me inspiration to become a film producer and today I have a project in development at http://earth2hub.com

Baraka took me away from my world into new worlds, new minds and then took me back again and again and again....

BARAKA is a must see for all human beings.
It will definitely change the way we perceive life and hopefully make its viewers respect every single living being on earth. Respect to Ron Fricke and his team as they should be highly awarded for this timeless movie.
Can't wait to watch Samsara. Am sure it will be breath taking...

Baraka has been such a huge source of inspiration for me....it moved me to the core when i first watched it many years ago...the scene where the trees are being cut and then it cut to the man's face still gives me goosebumps...so powerful. But it is hard to pick just one scene,it was the film Baraka that fueled my desire even more to travel and see the world and to hopefully make a positive impact myself in whatever ways possible.

I was introduced to Baraka way back in Czech republic and have since watched it over 100 times and have introduced it to many people from all over the world who all love it too. When it was released on blu ray it was like a new film was released. Inshort we can't wait to see samsara....

First time I saw Baraka, I was drunk in a bar and they were projecting it onto a wall. I was mesmerised and my friends thought it was the booze. It wasn't. One particular scene I remember is the chicks in the factory. I still think about that scene to this day, whenever I'm eating chicken or partaking in a gourmet fine dining experience at KFC. Can't wait to see Samsara! If I win the tix, I promise not to get drunk before screening. Maybe just a little bit merry...

For me, one of the most powerful sections of Baraka is the scenes in the rubbish dumps and of kids living on the streets. Not only is the imagery immensely powerful and moving, it is set to the hauntingly beautiful "Host of Seraphim" by Dead Can Dance. Every time I view those scenes it makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck, and reminds me just how hard some people's lives are. Inspiring stuff

Ever since the first time I saw Baraka and all of the many times I've shared it with friends and family, I'm still just as moved and inspired by the power,beauty and tragedy the film achieves. I have never come across any one piece of work that so profoundly stirs the heart and the imagination and I have been waiting with baited breath to see Samsara and to experience the vision and magic the production team have created this time around.

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