Baraka (1992)

Original Title : Baraka
Director : Ron Fricke
Writer : Constantine Nicholas
Genevieve Nicholas
Genre : Documentary
Country : USA
Language : Silent- Music only
Producer : Mark Magidson , Alton Walpole
Music : Dead Can Dance
Lisa Gerrard
Brendan Perry
Michael Stearns
Photography : Ron Fricke
IMDB ID : 0103767
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Baraka (1992) - Ron Fricke


Without words, cameras show us the world, with an emphasis not on "where," but on "what's there." It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people at prayer: volcanoes, water falls, veldts, and forests, several hundred monks do a monkey chant. Indigenous peoples apply body paint, whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature via logging, blasting, and strip mining. Images of poverty, rapid urban life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and mass graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell, stars wheel across the sky.


This movie is not a traditional "movie". There is no "plot"... there are no "actors"... there is no "script"... It is a collection of shots from around the world set to moderm music. The shots are amazing and the music is soothing and calming... awesome!!! - It really moved me... made me feel like an ant on an ant hill... I found this on the web: "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 man. Coupled with an incredible soundtrack including on site recordings of The Monks Of The Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery."