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.

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  1. what is this crap.

  2. This says it all. I cried and I was child taught not to.

  3. Beau et terrifiant.

  4. this is just incredible a most amazing film you will ever see,x

  5. The most incredible movie i ever seen, good luck to the heath. Gaïa is her name, and i realy love her.
    Kissto every one

  6. increiiiblee

  7.  I have it on Bluray.. Incredibly beautiful.

  8. Highly suggest viewing this while partaking in some LSD.

  9. lovey music..and photography  but some parts I found unnerving..visuals

  10. lovey music..and photography  but some parts I found unnerving..visuals

  11. excellent technique!

  12. excellent technique!

  13. Incredible!! Really beautiful!!

  14. One of my favorite films, its amazing no matter how many times you watch it