Ron Fricke, 1992
USA | Format: 70mm | 96 minutes
20th Anniversary screenings!
After cutting his teeth as a cameraman on director Godfrey Regio’s Koyaanisquatsi, Ron Fricke (Samsara) made his own feature directing debut with this breathtaking, wordless, one-of-a-kind travelogue film shot in 25 countries on six continents over the course of two years using a custom-designed 70mm camera. The result is a film unlike any other—a soaring, spiritual journey journey across disparate cultures and civilizations, juxtaposing ancient ritual against modern technology in a dazzling attempt to grasp the full, mysterious breadth of human experience. Featuring the music of Dead Can Dance.
“If man sends another Voyager to the distant stars and it can carry only one film on board, that film might be Baraka. It uses no language, so needs no translation. It speaks in magnificent images, natural sounds, and music both composed and discovered. It regards our planet and the life upon it. It stands outside of historical time. To another race, it would communicate: This is what you would see if you came here.”
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times