Baraka, the Movie
Released in 1992, it features an incredible journey through 6 continents and 24 countries, showing the beauty and destruction of nature and humans. Ohh, and coupled with an incredible soundtrack including on site recordings of The Monks Of The Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery, together with music from Michael Stearns and Dead Can Dance.
The quality of the cinematography is outstanding. Shots flip from solitary Monks to crowded streets from great temples to images of war firing a hundred and one thoughts in your mind that you never complete. The film is not just about what you are seeing. It is also about how it is presented.
Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, which can be translated as "a blessing, or as the breath, or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds." Baraka is evidence of a huge global project fueled by a personal passion for the world and visual art. Working on a reported US$4 million budget, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with a three-person crew, swept through 24 countries in 14 months to make this stunning film. One of the very last movies shot in the expensive TODD-AO 70mm format, Ron Fricke developed a computer-controlled camera for the incredible time-lapse shots, including New York's Park Avenue rush hour traffic and the crowded Tokyo subway platforms.