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bartekfm's avatar


If there's any movie that should be sent into space to make a statement about Earth and humans, this is it.
11 years 6 months ago
Filmsthemostbeautifulart's avatar


Shot beautifully on 70mm, Baraka is a non-verbal documentary. It's a Tour-De-Force that takes us around the entire world connecting cultures, religions, remote worlds separated from each other by thousands of miles. There is just one logic in this film that can be explained by the documentary's title: Baraka is a sufi word that translates into "breath of life" or "blessing"...

Wow. A marvelous cinematic treat that takes us through mountains, tribes, cities, even the universe. Fricke's brilliant camera techniques created an astounding masterpiece. This film is a rich art film, something that no one should miss. We are taken over the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery...and on and on, through locales across the globe. The film often uses time lapse sequences. (Time lapse is a technique to enhance an extremely slow motion like the growth of a plant and play it at normal speed, similar to fast motion) In one of the scenes, Fricke combined time lapse and slowing rotating cameras to give us a view of the night sky. The desert sky turns black, and the stars roll by, as the camera moves slowly forward under the trees.
9 years 2 months ago
airi86ja's avatar


I am amazed of directors' Ron Fricke ability to notice such a delicate details..
This film as Samsara affects so much; it's like a mind detoxification - rare feeling to melt/vanish in the film.

Soul ambrosia.
8 years 3 months ago
Torgo's avatar


The most moving film I've seen in years. Koyaanisqatsi's more emotional twin brother.
9 years 7 months ago
MrE2Me's avatar


If this film doesn't affect you in some way, you're probably dead. It also makes a perfect companion piece to Koyaanisqatsi (for which - not surprisingly - the director of Baraka did the cinematography). The combination of breathtaking visuals and ethereally beautiful music makes this less a "movie" and more an "experience." I cannot wait for the "sequel" to this - Samsara.

On a side note: if you're looking for a film that will show off your awesome new home entertainment system, look no further. The Blu-ray is stunning in every respect.

P.S. How is this only on 4 lists? If this isn't "spiritually significant" (in the best sense of the word), I don't know what is.
10 years 8 months ago
gerryt's avatar


Overwhelming beautiful. The right shots with the right music. I was struck with awe. After the end of the movie i found myself sitting in my chair for a couple of minutes watching a dark screen. The impression stayed.
10 years 10 months ago
clarafpicado's avatar


I was reluctant into watching this as it is a non-verbal documentary but I wish I had done it sooner. The images of the humdrum life are more than enough to keep the spectator glued to their seat, completely mesmerized. Besides the beautiful images, kudos to the editing for making it seem exciting and almost fast-paced. If it weren't for that the film could've easily been too monotonous to gain our attention.
1 month ago
mathiasa's avatar


A bit contrived but quite alright. Has some really interesting parts in it. Seen better tough, fe Lektionen in Finsternis, another 1992 documentary without much words.
8 years 1 month ago
JimEastwood71's avatar


This is great!
8 years 9 months ago
maxi's avatar


Wow! It really shook my head!
10 years 5 months ago
Simon Wilbert's avatar

Simon Wilbert

the spoiler
4 years 7 months ago
EssexMutant's avatar


I count myself as fortunate to have seen this at a cinema re-release. Outstanding.
8 years 9 months ago
lulzer's avatar


Clicked on it thinking it had something to do with the MK character. Whoops!
9 years 5 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Wild Images
10 years 4 months ago

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