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About the Film
A challenge, a warning, a gift, a blessing. In the ancient Sufi language, it is a word that translates to the thread that weaves life together. In the pantheon of modern cinema, it remains one of the most unique and acclaimed motion picture events of our time. Shot in breathtaking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents, Baraka is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition like nothing you have ever seen or felt before. These are the wonders of a world without words, viewed through man and natures own prisms of symmetry, savagery, chaos and harmony.
I saw this film/documentary when it came out on video back in 95 I believe, and it has retained the title of "Best Film" in my book since the first viewing. It is an absolutely awe inspiring piece of visual art. The soundtrack, the breathtaking images and the story/moral woven in them are all incredible.
It showcases how incredible our world is, how beautiful; how fragile this balance is and the impact we have had on it as a species. Some cultures living in osmosis with our planet, others standing firmly by Descartes theory that "we must become masters and possessors of Nature", to the latter's great detriment.
I am really pleased that this film is now widely available as I truly believe it deserves a much better place than just being a cult documentary.
Not the greatest
Its depressing and slow. Some scenes are hard to stomach and thats the reality of life on Earth, but there is very little in the way of hope on offer here. The pace variations don't offer much relief from the relentlessness of it. It didn't change my mind about anything or give me new insight, rather it made more more cynical about the capacity of people to manage the world. I fail to see what the eclipse has to do with anything, and found no wonder in the portrayal of religious ceremony.