To do describe this work of art simply as a "movie" would be inaccurate and unjustified. More akin to a tone poem Baraka is.Is this what the world would look like to a god, a being who experiences time differently than we do? While Koyaanisqatsi effectively drilled its message, "Humans are destroying the planet!", into our hypnotized minds, Baraka lets you ponder and meditate its multiple meanings. Are humans just another part of the ecosystem, behaving as any other organism would with our capabilities? Or are we different, even alien, to this world?10 out of 10.
Perhaps the most incredibly beautiful and profound film Ever Made (by oxymoron-3)
This for me is the film for a desert Island...you know?...If you could only take, one book, one wine, one loaf of bread, one piece of music? One Lover, Well, this would be my one movie....This film in my opinion is so extraordinary that it needs as special 11 or 12 category, just as J.S. Bach, and Dickens, and Shakespeare would need such a category. This film is spellbinding and can be viewed and understood on many levels. I do not personally see or feel the "Environmental" message from this film that many do....or at least to me it is only one of many sub- texts....I do see an oil <more>
painting placed directly on my soul, or rather etched there by the sinews of this film, as a comment on man, all of his glory and wisdom, and all of his failings as well....that and so much more. For me this is the greatest film of all times. Nothing else even comes close...I could go on but I won't....to what end....if you have seen it and you wish to discuss it. write to me, I would be happy to hear from you on this wonderful film..
Very few movies can actually be truly inspirational. A lot of movies make you feel good while watching it. This is different. This movie can breathe life back into your soul. It will brighten your outlook. It will make you think and keep you thinking long after the movie has ended. And even the most bitter of cynics like me cannot deny it's beauty. It will always remain one of my favorites. I cannot make it my favorite movie since it is so powerful and different I don't consider it a movie but an experience. It requires just a smidge of patience to suck you into it. But once it does <more>
you cannot avert your eyes. The most spectacular images ever. Not an ounce of pretention to it. No hollwood bull. Brilliant. Moving music. Do not miss this!!!! If you have a DVD buy this one. Watching it on a small screen will severely cut it's impact.
During the 96 minutes, I feel like a bird crossing time and space.I was amazed by the images and the camera technique. For just a few second images, the filmmaker have to overcome how many difficulties! What a spectacular job!Moreover, the questions it brings to me strike me, and it makes me rethink about the human life. The contrast between the worlds and the cultures punch me so hard.This movie is absolutely in my collection.
A video journey of Earth (by shazbotty)
This film is greatly underrated due to its lack of conventional plot, but make no mistake, it is an excellent film portraying reality on the planet earth. The masterful imagery and sound of the film is easily a more profound statement then many films could ever dare to convey. Perhaps the film's purity is both a triumph and downfall, but I prefer to think of it solely as a triumph. If it happens to come your way, sit down, stay still, and watch this film from beginning to end- you won't regret it!Viewers and filmmakers of the future will be hard pressed to witness this point in human <more>
reality again, so you need to watch it before half the earth ends up looking like the waste dumps of Calcutta some day.
This picture is truly worth more than a thousand words! (by SiamakZ)
Baraka is a unique experience. Unlike anything else you've seen. It's a tale of 'blessings', told with images and sounds only. No dialogue. It's a journey through all the different aspects of humanity on Earth. We see different tribes, different religions with their temples and rituals, different ecological environments, and the effects of human intervention. We see the evolution of our species, from the ancient tribes to the modern man. Always on the run. But it's not all roses From the mass production on the assembly lines we fall further down to the reality of <more>
poverty and war. But this picture is truly worth more than a thousand words! The director, Ron Fricke, is the master of time-lapse photography and this is his treat to the viewers. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but surely everybody will agree on this film. Viewing this picture my thoughts wandered off to many related documentaries BBC's Planet Earth, The Power of the Planet, Life , movies Avatar, A Space Odyssey , games Civilization, Uncharted, Journey and music videos Michael Jackson's Earth Song . If any of these excites or intrigues you, then you definitely should watch Baraka. Frankly if you're interested in humanity, you won't be disappointed. And although it's made in 1992, it's timeless and withstood the test of time wonderfully. It's a great source of inspiration. Rating: PG-13 / 12
This film is a statement on the human condition. The viewer travels through several countries via beautiful photography and music. Modern and primitive are contrasted by showing native cultures and suit-and-tie cultures. Tribal customs and hut-dwelling are juxtaposed with modern society's architecture, transportation and much more. The film deals objectively with environment and religion. It makes a strong statement about the animal kingdom. In short, Baraka is a film about life. I highly recommend the film. It's seen best on a wide-screen tv or at the theatre.
An insight of Ignorance (by pobz100)
Pioneering films like Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi divide those who are aware of our planet and how we have succumbed to a society of eagerness that drives us to survive with pityful qualities. The insight to other methods of exsitence is a pleasure to the western culture culturless, depending on how you see it can open our minds to recognise what part we play in out civilisation on this planet.This film represents with a frail structure and story images of the people and places of our planet in all of its capacity. It's a mind dwelling journey and portrayed well, though I <more>
do not agree with the soundtrack - its weak and acts only to flavour our ears away from otherwise silence. The music bares very little if any relation or emotion sincere to the images. The music gets on my nerves, no development, and very little compotional thought. I do feel that with a presentation like this, the music should play as vital role as the visuals. The Qatsi trilogy music and image is very closely related.There are many simililarities to the Qatsi trilogy but of course enough is different to keep watching. Some great filming and ideas but this is clearly an attempt at something that has already been done and a remake genre is not necessary as it does not really present anything new.
An extensive lesson in art house cinema, and cultural anthropology (by Samiam3)
Take a trip around the world with cinematographer/director Ron Fricke, one of the creative minds behind the art house classic Koyaanisqatsi. Baraka is pretty much the same formula. It is slightly inferior but effective nonetheless.The reason it is inferior has to do with the fact that unlike Fricke, Godfrey Reggio director of the 'Qatsi' trilogy knows how to assemble imagery in a way that can deliver a message. Baraka is mostly imagery, with no thematic value, but it's still highly educational. It shows us every nation, creed, and colour on planet earth in a plethora of detail. <more>
The imagery is bold and assertive, yet also aesthetic and fluid. Of course it also goes hand in hand with an equally vibrant score.Koyaanisqatsi may be unforgettable, but Baraka is the next best thing. It has a heck of a lot to show.