Now 20 years in the making, the sequel to the sweeping cinematic masterpiece Baraka, titled Samsara, is slated for its US release on August 24, 2012 and critics are already lauding its achievements.
Those lucky enough to see an advance screening of Samsara leave the theatre spellbound and shell shocked. People are saying it celebrates all the complexities and paradoxes of the human condition, but in the end makes you feel glad to be a part of the human race.
Samsara has already been making waves in the film community. It was awarded Best Documentary at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in Ireland this year. It made its US Premier at The Santa Barbara Film festival in February 2012 to much acclaim.
If you never saw Samsara’s predecessor Baraka, stop reading this and go watch it right now. Baraka is more than just a movie- it’s a journey through the heart and soul of the humanity that spans the globe and ages of the earth. It shows the beauty of nature, the trials of humankind, and the horrors of industry.
Baraka and Samsara are non-verbal films. With no dialogue or voiceover it’s up to the viewer to make sense out of the imagery. This unique characteristic is what draws you in to the film like water being sucked down a drain. It’s an intense, cerebral experience that brings you deep into the core of our existence and what it means to be a part of everything. You don’t just watch the film, you experience it.
Samsara holds to the same cinematic wonders and metaphysical allusions that Baraka had, only more modern and relevant to what’s going on in the world now, according to director Mark Magidson in a January 2012 blog post. Current world issues like the Arab Spring and the difficulties of crossing racial barriers are some issues the film presents.
The film crew was on the road for five years travelling through 25 countries collecting footage. Samsara was shot in 70mm, not your standard gauge of camera film. In theatres it’s being shown in 4k resolution. When you see it, you are seeing the highest resolution picture available in cinematic technology.
The word “samsara” is Sanskrit for “journeying”. It symbolizes the cycle of life, death, and rebirth that revolves around like a wheel that never stops spinning. According to director Rob Fricke, the documentary was designed after this idea. He called it a “non-verbal guided meditation on the cycle of birth, death and rebirth,” in a January 2012 blog post.
Whatever the film may be, it’s sure to touch the lives of many with its inspiring and thought-provoking imagery when it officially hits theatres.
For a preview of Samsara click here.