Creativity

One of my favourite films: ‘Baraka’

Baraka, a word which means ‘blessing’ in a multitude of languages (it’s also a Sufi word which means ‘breath of life’), is a film directed by Ron Fricke in 1992.

Why do I like ‘Baraka’ so much?  Perhaps it’s because it has absolutely no story line, or at least not an overt one.  The film also has no actors per se.  Nor does it have a script or dialogue.  In essence, ‘Baraka’ has the power to make you emotional solely with cinema.

I’ve cut and pasted a small blurb from topdocumentaryfilms.com:

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.

I highly recommend you watch ‘Baraka’.  Make sure you’re in a calm and quiet environment so you can soak it up entirely.

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