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Named after a Sufi word that translates roughly as "breath of life" or "blessing," Baraka is Ron Fricke's impressive follow-up to Godfrey Reggio's non-verbal documentary film Koyaanisqatsi. Fricke was cinematographer and collaborator on Reggio's film, and for Baraka he struck out on his own to polish and expand the photographic techniques used on Koyaanisqatsi. The result is a tour-de-force in 70mm: a cinematic "guided meditation" (Fricke's own description) shot in 24 countries on six continents over a 14-month period that unites religious ritual, the phenomena of nature, and man's own destructive powers into a web of moving images. Fricke's camera ranges, in meditative slow motion or bewildering time-lapse, over the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery...and on and on, through locales across the globe. To execute the film's time-lapse sequences, Fricke had a special camera built that combined time-lapse photography with perfectly controlled movements of the camera. In one evening sequence a desert sky turns black, and the stars roll by, as the camera moves slowly forward under the trees. The feeling is like that of viewing the universe through a powerful telescope: that we are indeed on a tiny orb hurtling through a star-filled void. The film is complemented by the hybrid world-music of Michael Stearns. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID7fef0ace-efa0-3e77-da42-387f424ce846
Grouping Titlebaraka
Grouping Authormagidson films
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2020-01-17 09:58:35AM
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auth_author2Aubrey, David E.,
Fricke, Ron,
Green, Bob.
Magidson, Mark,
Nicholas, Constantine,
Nicholas, Genevieve,
Stearns, Michael,
Vetter, Richard, 1920-
author2-roleAubrey, David E.,film editor.
Fricke, Ron,director.
Funhouse Entertainment (Firm)
Green, Bob.
MPI Home Video (Firm)
Magidson Films.
Magidson, Mark,production personnel.
Nicholas, Constantine,screenwriter.
Nicholas, Genevieve,screenwriter.
Stearns, Michael,composer.
Vetter, Richard,1920-
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display_descriptionBaraka is a Sufi word that translates to 'the thread that weaves life together.' Filmed in 24 countries on six continents, this film is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition, viewed through man and nature's own prisms of symmetry, savagery, chaos and harmony.
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subject_facetDocumentary films
Human ecology
Human ecology -- Pictorial works
Human geography
Human geography -- Pictorial works
Illustrated works
Nature -- Effect of human beings on
Religious life
Rites and ceremonies
Time-lapse films
Travelogues (Motion pictures)
Video recordings
Videos (DVD)
title_fullBaraka [videorecording] / a Mark Magidson production ; directed and photographed by Ron Fricke ; produced by Mark Magidson ; restoration producer, Christopher M. Reyna ; original treatment written by Genevieve Nicholas, Constantine Nicholas, Ron Fricke ; concept and scenario, Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson, Bob Green
Baraka [videorecording] / a Ron Fricke Film ; a production of Magidson Films, Inc. ; directed and photographed by Ron Fricke ; produced by Mark Magidson ; concept & scenario by Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson, Bob Green ; original treatment written by Genevieve Nicholas, Constantine Nicholas, Ron Fricke
topic_facetEffect of human beings on
Human ecology
Human geography
Religious life
Rites and ceremonies