Film Review Baraka By Ron Fricke (1992)

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Baraka directed by Ron Fricke (1992)The title is a Sufi word that means 'blessing' and this is very appropriate as there are many images of people from all walks of life who pray and reveal their spirituality in one form or another. The images of nature at the film's beginning of snow-capped mountains and wheeling birds are backed by spiritual music which includes a flute. The snow monkey soaking itself in a hot spring appears to be meditating, then tribes of natives in prayer somewhere in Asia, Aborigines in Australia, and the Israelis at the Wailing Wall,. and so on. Many of these images are shown later, revealing a ...view middle of the document...

A change in perspective through the various ways of living, all over the globe is interspersed with magnificent views of nature--some being peaceful, such as the moon, stars, sun, waterfall and others, dangerous, such as icy mountain tops and volcanic craters. Shots of homeless families on city streets and unsmiling people posing for the camera create a mournful tone. Factory workers are also shown, for example the females rolling cigarettes by hand and the male worker with bandaged hand (is he suffering from RSI?)--the director's criticism of the monotony of the work is supported by the music which is repetitive and boring. The constant change in perspective presents man's glories and violent calamities. It tells the spellbinding story of man's diversity and his impact on the world. This is a film that transcends geographical and language barriers to inspire audiences around the world. Maybe the point's in there, our capacity as humans to wonder, to look up and imagine something greater than ourselves. It's fitting then that Baraka begins with a solar eclipse and ends with rolling star fields, likely primitive man's first hint of the eternal.

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