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BARAKA A VIEW OF THE WORLD PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
BARAKA is a film that I must say is un-like any film I have ever seen. This film is strictly just a film with no sound, it is a matter of using your sight as well as using
your cognitive skills to piece together what exactly is going on. One might say that this film is boring, but I enjoyed it! It was an amazing experience. This film viewed the diversity from all over the world, as well as gave us some insight on different sceneries and animals.This movie visited many different countries(which I found it easy to identify them because due to the symbols and statues it became obvious to me). With these countries you were able to see their land, the way that they live, the historical sites as well as statues, symbols, prayer and ritual. Remember there is no sound, and seldomly you heard music and different rhythms, therefore through out this movie you had to pay close attention and use your knowledge to get the general concept of what is really going on.The movie began with mountains which were covered in snow...they suddenly began melting and birds started to fly back near the mountains, which gave a clue that winter was ending and they were coming back to a warmer place. It suddenly switched over to India. How do you know it was India? Well I found this obvious due to the nature of prayer and the symbols that were used. They displayed buildings and the city life, through out the city you saw people on the street carrying food and there were two men painting something symbolic on a wall. They switched over to a group that was praying with some type of painting on their foreheads.There was a beautiful scene with water flowing and suddenly crashing against rocks, there were animals on the hills and suddenly there was a female who was carrying fruits and vegetables. There was a beautiful greenery scene with old statues in the middle of a deserted forest. There appeared to be some ancient Buddhist art on the wall which gave off that this was an Asian country. Another scene focused on a group of men with no shirts which appeared to be participating in some type of ritual.. There were men of all ages using their hands and chanting something that was unknown. One group would lay down while the other group swayed their hands and moved their fingers, it appeared as they were pushing/shrubbing something away from their bodies.One of the sceneries was an empty green hillside, there was also a volcano which was ready to erupt, there was an intense use of music and you could see the redness of the lava flowing. There was smoke evolving all over the area. After this scene, komodo dragons became visible; and they were just stacked on top of each other. Followed by ancient drawings on stone, and suddenly there was a face of a dark man and there was a woman painting him. There were naked young girls who appeared to be of the Native American culture..or perhaps could have been of Central America or the Incan culture of Peru(South America). They were holding hands, and there were different colors of string that on them. There was a man chanting and doing body movement while kids sing.It switched over to a different culture, which appeared to of the African descent. There were bald women and everyone was in jewels, bouncing up and down. Suddenly someone was sawing down a huge tree which ended up falling down on the land; a large amount of ants began pouring out. It then took us back to a city, this appeared to be a run down city. There many many kids who were just sitting at their windows, while other kids were walking up and down the streets. There was a change(not sure if it was in the same city where the kids were looking out of the window) but there were several woman working in a factory. They were each doing a different task, they did appear to be Asian but not of the chinese descent; perhaps they were Indonesian or from the Phillipes.There is suddenly a city with a mall, and there are Asian men walking through the streets ringing a bell. There were several men who appeared to be in a jacuzzi in a spa and there was one man who stuck out and was very noticable. He had symbolic tattoos beginning from around his neck area down to his upper thigh. There was a new city which was flooded with people, there were cars and a lot of traffic. There were people on the subway and there were children who were in school. There was a factory which baby chickens and they were burning the tip of the beaks, the grown chickens were put into cages; which gave me the assumption that these chickens were being used for sale.A new city had a mak working while a mule pulled him and his wagon. There was a group of people which consisted of children and families picking through the trash for food. There was a lady on the street with her children, and they had food and blankets. There was a small child on the street with a blanket and he appeared to be asking for money, kids were sleeping on the streets. There appeared to be a woman on the street, it was obvious she was a prostitute. There were 8 young girls with makeup on, standing outside of a strip club; assuming that these women were prostitues. You got the assumption that this country or city had major issues with poverty and they had to turn to any means possible for food as well as money.Suddenly there was a different scene, it appeared to be of a deserted jail, there were pictures of inmates' shoes, I got the idea that maybe this was some type of camp? They all had #'s, and there were skulls of the dead as well as people's bones, all these people were asian. There were many statues of people lined up, perhaps these were all of the people who dies. Suddenly you are taken to Egypt, there is desert sand and statues. The next countries is most likely India, and the girls are bathing their hair in the water, the men are bathing in the water as wel. There are dead bodies which are being burned.Baraka was an amazing movie. It took you to many different countries, where you were able to view different cultures and ways of life. Some countries had a life which consisted of being on land and participating in several rituals..some countries had more of a city life...and there were other countries which suffered severe poverty and had to search for food. This movie viewed the diversity all over the world and the lives that many people live as well as the environment. For example in Egypt you see the scenery which is covered with sand, than there were other countries where you saw majority of the country was filled with greenery. Different cultures and environment were percieved in this movie, and it was a great experience.
Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson produced an outstanding movie called "BARAKA". In several languages, the word Baraka means blessing. Truly, this movie is a blessing. A blessing offered to those who cherish the environment, and a blessing chanted in the name of Nature itself. This profound hymn celebrates nature in a very powerful way given that there are no words to distract the viewer who can only allow his or her soul to be moved, accompanied by some enchanting music.
I was happy to recognize some of the places shown on the movie such as Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, the rain forests of the Amazon, Mount Everest, Auschwitz, the refuse dumps of Calcutta or the Egyptian Pyramids. At the same time, I was humbled by my lack of knowledge of all the beautiful places and amazing cultures that make up planet Earth. Seeing so many different ways in which human beings worship depending on their culture, brought to my attention that no matter how different they look, all peoples share the same basic needs whether they be Buddhist monks, Orthodox Jews or African aborigens.
Seeing images from the past such as the Egyptian Pyramids or Auschwitz, or from the present as in the war fields, reminds us that manking has always taken over his environment, but he has not always made the best of his knowledge. This film reminds us that it is the environment that sustains all life, human life as well. Destroying the environment by cutting down the forests caused the Indians of the rain forests to end up in the Brazilian slums. Man's domination over his environment has allowed him to improve his life; unfortunately, humans do not set limits to their actions. Consequently, they have moved away from a natural way of living, and their new fast-paced life in the industrial world has turned them into machines that lead an artificial life where man exists alone, cutting himself from the nurturing of community living.
Even though some viewers might miss the verbal interpretation that usually accompany documentaries, the film "Baraka" says without using words what we need to hear if only we would listen with our hearts and souls. Let's not be afraid to write the script that speaks so loudly and so clearly in the silence of "Baraka"; it will only bring more "blessings" to our planet.
The film at first was difficult to really understand what the films purpose was. As the film goes on I realized there really was no plot but the film had a deeper purpose. The purpose was to really expand your mind and realize that one day in Africa was very much different from than in Israel as well as the other countries around the world. There may be many differences in the cultures around the world but we are similar in the grand scheme of things.
The photography in this film I thought was breathtaking! There were photos from all over, first you would see a scene of the mountains, and then it would go to a scene of a waterfall. The way that it was filmed definitely did a good job capturing you into the film.
The experience of watching the film I think is different for everyone because that there is no script. Each person has a different perspective of the film. The best way of really understand the film Baraka is watching it!
The film Baraka was filmed in 1992 in 24 countries around the world, including, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Thailand, and Turkey. This film has no dialogue throughout the almost 2 hour film. This really lets the viewer soak up the scenary and maybe add their own dialogue. Baraka means blessing in several lannguages around the world. This was a great title for this film, because it shows us the true blessing it is to live in this wonderful world. This film shows the beauty of the country-side and the hustle and bustle of cities. My favorite part of the film was when the muslims visited Mecca and started to pray. I remember learining that part of the Muslim religion you must visit Mecca once in your life time, if you can afford it. Film producer Mark Magidson is currently filming Baraka's sequel Samsara.
Jose L. Jimenez
February 25, 2008
This film explores six different continents and twenty-four countries. In these different places there were numerous religions, each one of them with a noticeably different customs. For example it showed Orthodox Jews praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. IT was evitable how holy this land was to the Jews because they were very seriously dressed and composed there. It also showed the Muslims pilgrimage to the city of Mecca. It showed the customs of them praying with millions of other Muslims as they walked around Mecca. Catholics were another major religion that appeared in the film. It showed Catholics performing ceremonies in a very traditional fashion in a traditional church. Even other less common religious groups that are rare in the United States were touched upon. It hoed people with face paint and matching pants partaking in a ceremony that consisted of people sitting around and dancing as they listened to musical beats. There were so many religions explored in the film and it was very interesting to see the many different life styles of the different groups of people.
A major portion of this film showed destruction of nature. There were many things being blown up, trees being cut down, things being produced in factories, people digging throw trash to find food, prostitutes on the streets, and homeless people sleeping on the streets. This created a very different tone and mood to the film than the peaceful scenery of the rest of the film. This portion of the of the film was more disturbing because after the showing of the beautiful and peaceful world we live in it showed the destruction and mess which we have created. This was incredibly sad to see because even though I know things are like this are taking place in the world I seem to be very much sheltered from a lot of the major issues in the world.
Overall I really enjoyed this movie. It gave me a chance to look at the world in a different way. Baraka really captures the beauty and greatness of the world and the people living in it. It made me wonder about how much we are destorying the Earth by cutting down tress, and building factories, and blowing things up. Even though the movie was alittle long it was really able to make an impact on how I view the world.
Baraka is an incredible nonverbal film containing images of 24 countries from 6 continents, created by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with music from Michael Stearns and others. The film has no plot, contains no actors and has no script. Instead, high quality 70mm images show some of the best, and worse, parts of nature and human life. Timelapse is used heavily to show everyday life from a different perspective. Baraka is often considered a spiritual film.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 humans. Coupled with an incredible soundtrack including on site recordings of The Monks Of The Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery.Baraka is evidence of a huge global project fueled by a personal passion for the world and visual art. Working on a reported US$4 million budget, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with a three-person crew, swept through 24 countries in 14 months to make this stunning film.One of the very last films shot in the expensive TODD-AO 70mm format, Ron Fricke developed a computer-controlled camera for the incredible time-lapse shots, including New York's Park Avenue rush hour traffic and the crowded Tokyo subway platforms.
Without words this movie uses camera shots and music to 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, waterfalls, forests; several hundred monks chanting. Indian peoples apply body paint; various landscapes, churches, ruins, religious ceremonies, and cities thrumming with life and whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature by showing us 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 river where people bathe and funeral burns take place. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky The movie draws some surprising connections between various peoples and the spaces they inhabit, whether that space is a lonely mountaintop or a crowded cigarette factory. Some of these attempts at connection are more successful than others: for instance, an early sequence between the daily devotions of religion Tibetan monks, and Orthodox Jews, finding more similarity among their rituals than one might expect. And there are other amazing moments, as when sped-up footage of a busy intersection reveals a beautiful symmetry to urban life that could only be appreciated from the perspective of film. The lack of context can be frustrating, not knowing where a section was filmed, or the meaning of the ritual taking place, and some of the transitions are questioning. This fil used time-laps photography in order to capture the great pulse of humanity as it interacted in daily activity.
Baraka contained no form of human conversation or dialog, rather than tribal incantation and various sounds of nature. The movie showed some of the most beautiful locations on the globe known to man and some of its most devastating sides, due to nature and mankind repercussions.
Fricke, Ron, & Magidson, Mark. (1992). Barakahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baraka_(film)
Baraka is a film that gazes with such awe at the mystery of life on earth that it seems almost childlike and yet does it in a way so purely cinematic that it can only come from the hands of a wizened master. It looks at us humans as if through a telescope and yet knows us so well, it’s scary. Human beings and their complicated relationship with the planet and what might be waiting for us when we leave it. Maybe the point’s in there, our capacity as humans to wonder, to look up and imagine something greater than ourselves. It’s fitting then that Baraka begins with a solar eclipse and ends with rolling star fields, likely primitive man’s first hint of the eternal. This incredible journey, around the world only to arrive at what makes us fundamentally human is the gift of Baraka. It’s also, as this brilliant jewel of a film reminds, us, the enduring reward of the movies.
As the tide of chemicals born of the industrial age has arisen to engulf our environment. Today we are concerned with a different kind of hazard that lurks in our environment. Pollution , water smog,volcano smoke, grass and vegetation all represents the native lands we all inhabit. the environment issue faced are of life and preservation to our well being. With out a clean sky birds cannot fly, without clean water animals can't swim, drink or eat; from the plant nets resources neither can we. Man destroys wood and trees for its development for other resources of survival.poverty is every where we see from the grave to the front door, do we open with respect to our nature or lose, because we fear our progress which will it be. why do we make things to kill ourselves than preserve ourselves. We make cigarettes, grow food & pollute or waters knowing it will kills us. It seems that we are trying to change the population size from growing out of control, or is it's because we are on a faster paste than we need. It may be we can't control our own in order to keep an advantage. Are we running out of room for the populations growth size.the battle of living things began so long ago that its origin is lost in time. But it must have begun in a natural environment, in which whatever life inhabited the earth was subjected, for good or ill.