Baraka [1992]

Director : Ron Fricke

Writers: Ron Fricke (concept) , Mark Magidson (concept)

Story : This one is easy because there is no story. Baraka is  the summary of our world, Ron Fricke takes us on a journey through Nepal, China, Cambodia, USA, Poland, Israel and the list goes on. The documentary is like a circle in history going from harmony to destruction only to end in hope. Beautiful landscapes and scenes from our world sets the move from the start (an active volcano, the monkey chant, the rituals of indigenous people, etc), only to show us in contrast the effects industrialisation (rapid urban life, chicken factory, poverty, war, etc) and at the end when a monk rings a huge bell you can’t help but think of a new start.

There is just no way that you can walk away from this documentary unaffected, at least one scene will get stuck in your mind forever.

What I like about it :

it is an amazing movie that is well worth of your time

Final Note : 4 out of 4

Interesting facts :

The title is quite effective since Baraka is an ancient Sufi word which means “blessing, breath or the essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds.”

this is a link to imdb forums where all the locations are listed from scene to scene

Trailer :

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