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Baraka Details

  • Release Date: Sep 24, 1992
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Ron Fricke

FULL SYNOPSIS

Named after a Sufi word that translates roughly as "breath of life" or "blessing," Baraka is Ron Fricke's impressive follow-up to Godfrey Reggio's non-verbal documentary film Godfrey Reggio. Fricke was cinematographer and collaborator on Reggio's film, and for Baraka he struck out on his own to polish and expand the photographic techniques used on Godfrey Reggio. The result is a tour-de-force in 70mm: a cinematic "guided meditation" (Fricke's own description) shot in 24 countries on six continents over a 14-month period that unites religious ritual, the phenomena of nature, and man's own destructive powers into a web of moving images. Fricke's camera ranges, in meditative slow motion or bewildering time-lapse, over the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery...and on and on, through locales across the globe. To execute the film's time-lapse sequences, Fricke had a special camera built that combined time-lapse photography with perfectly controlled movements of the camera. In one evening sequence a desert sky turns black, and the stars roll by, as the camera moves slowly forward under the trees. The feeling is like that of viewing the universe through a powerful telescope: that we are indeed on a tiny orb hurtling through a star-filled void. The film is complemented by the hybrid world-music of Michael Stearns. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi

  • Release date:September 24, 1992

Cast

Crew

Ron Fricke
Director
Mark Magidson
Producer
Michael Stearns
Producer
Constantine Nicholas
Screenwriter
Mark Magidson
Screenwriter
Ron Fricke
Screenwriter
Genevieve Nicholas
Screenwriter
Ron Fricke
Cinematographer
Michael Stearns
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Stearns
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Magidson
Editor
Ron Fricke
Editor
Alton Walpole
Supervising Producer
Ron Fricke
Conception
Mark Magidson
Conception
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