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Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, it explores the wonders of the world from sacred grounds to industrial sites, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man's spirituality and the human experience. Photographed entirely in 70mm and transferred to 4K digital projection format, its mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature.
Publisher: [Orland Park, Ill.] : MPI Home Video, [2013]
ISBN: 9780788615467
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 15, 2017

Best movie tosh year 2017!


Mar 15, 2017

Possibly one of the best documentaries, and overall experiences you can ever see. An immense summary of humanity itself, all captured on one of man's greatest inventions... film. A must-see for anyone who is fully aware of the world around them, and even moreso for those who are ignorant of what is around them.

Oct 11, 2016

I love documentaries and I watch them a lot. This one is one of the worst documentaries I've seen. Sheer stupidity, twisted logic, don't waste your time.

Oct 10, 2016

The whole film has a Buddhism undertone but it still covers both Christianity and Islam. A good way to describe this film would be as the history of mankind.

Jul 26, 2016

Originally posted in 2013 but disappeared:

Thanks to ktnv's pointer on "continuous flow". It is more of Baraka, film by the same producers, which showcased some of the best, and worse, parts of nature and human life. This time with spectacular footages on religious sites and artifacts mixed in with raw images on human behavior, from modern slaughter houses to a transsexual beauty contest.

Apr 17, 2016

In the "making of" section of Samsara, one of the film makers says repeatedly that this is not a film about thinking, but feeling -- how true that is. As mesmerizing and profound as are many of the images, they are edited to send a message has come to be customary with similar documentaries. Ancient cultures (the older the better) and nature: good! Modern world: bad! This is emphasized by the soundtrack, which shifts from slow and dignified to sinister and frenzied, and no prizes for guessing which side gets which music. That said, this is a more all-encompassing view of human life than I expected, and it can be re-cut in your head in many different ways.

Nov 20, 2015

A visual feast at times, but you are also reminded of the ugliness brought about by industrialization. Not a single word was spoken in this documentary. But you don't really need it. The accompanying sound track is excellent too.

Nov 13, 2015

I have a bias for pure sight and sound cinema, and I found this movie even more impressive than such iconic examples as Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Baraka ...

Jul 14, 2015

This is a 2011 documentary directed by Ron Fricke.
Through this film, you could get an unparalleled sensory experiences.
This is a kind of inspirational meditation with mesmerizing and fascinating images of clarity.

Jul 05, 2015

Ron Fricke’s follow-up to 1992’s "Baraka" was filmed in two dozen countries over a period of five years to give us a visually impressive cinematic poem based on the endless cycle of death and rebirth. Under his meticulous direction natural wonders give way to glaring cityscapes, ancient ruins are juxtaposed with devastation from modern disasters, and scenes of peace and serenity are constantly jarred by depictions of contemporary vices. Here an African tribeswoman quietly nurses her child, there a nuclear American family poses with its home arsenal; a sped up camera turns worshippers at Mecca’s Kaaba into a swirling vortex while an assembly line of rubber sex dolls is laid out all headless torsos and gaping orifices. In one notable passage an image of humans working robot-like in endless office cubicles is replaced by images of humanlike robots staring at the camera as if contemplating a universal truth. But it ultimately boils down to beautiful scenery paired with nice music to assure us once again that war is bad, technology is suspect, and spirituality trumps all—and mankind gets to repeat everything again and again throughout the ages. Too bad the subtle confrontation of Reggio’s superior "Koyaanisqatsi" (which Fricke photographed) is exchanged here for a series of overt sermons—a grotesque performance piece seems more fitted for an avant-garde Fringe Festival and a man is buried in a casket shaped like a handgun….get it? Gorgeous to watch, but In the end Fricke simply winds up preaching to his own choir.

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Sep 03, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: I watched with my kids but had to fast forward a scene when an office worker creates different faces/images with clay and paint. The use of red and black paint was amazing (watched it again without kids) but too creepy for my little ones.


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