Summary: The team behind Baraka reunites for another journey around the world in Samsara, exploring themes of birth, life, death and rebirth through stunning visuals and music. ‘Samsara’ is a Tibetan word that means “the ever turning wheel of life,” and the film is an unparalleled sensory experience.
Baraka director Ron Fricke reunites with producer Mark Magidson to expand on their effort to portray the connections between humanity and nature in a bold way. Shot for over four years and across 26 countries, the film transports us through multiple cultures to sacred grounds, disaster sites, industrialized zones and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, the filmmakers subvert our expectations of a documentary. Instead, they encourage our own interpretations inspired by mesmerising visuals and musical compositions that infuse the ancient with the modern.
Through powerful, breathtaking images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, Samsara shows how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. The filmmakers give us privileged access to profound scenarios. For filmgoers who cherished the revelations of Baraka almost twenty years ago, Samsara proves to be worth the wait.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th December, 2012
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Ron Fricke
Screenwriter: Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson
Runtime: 98 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘Samsara’ Review:
You can hear Subculture Media’s review of ‘Samsara’ in episode #13 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast .