Baraka (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB

USA, 1992.  .  Concept and scenario by Ron Fricke, , Treatment by , , Ron Fricke.   Cinematography by Ron Fricke.   Produced by Mark Magidson.  Music by .  Film Editing by , Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson.  

Ron Fricke, cinematographer of Koyaanisqatsi, follows in the footsteps of that groundbreaking experimental film with another beautifully shot, emotionally affecting documentary about the world around us. The title, which means “blessing” in an assortment of languages, is meant to encompass the theme of humanity’s relationship to the earth, using examples of both human harmony to the environment as well as disharmony.

Gorgeous landscapes of ancient civilizations are filmed in vivid contrast to the sites of famous human horrors (Nazi death camps) and present day atrocities (such as poverty in third world countries), set to a soundtrack of music that encompasses a world of culture and experience. It pleases the senses while hitting the heart at its core, impressively critical and congratulatory of our achievements as a species and insistent on our being more aware of current situations that can be improved upon.

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