B a r a k a

“Baraka”

A blessing in the form of spiritual wisdom or divine presence. Also a spiritual power believed to be possessed by certain persons, objects, tombs. Hebrew, Arabic, Swahili, Urdu, Persian, Turkish… (wiki)

Baraka is a beautifully powerful film by Ron Fricke, the same man who made “Chronos” that I posted about earlier. They are similar in that they are both non-narrative, time-lapsed films exploring ideas of nature and human existence, but Baraka is much more… intense. It is impressive, poignant, thought provoking and honest.

Baraka was made in 1992 and uses amazing cinematography focusing on the phenomena and interactions of nature and different human civilizations. It was shot in 25 countries and remastered in 2008, taking 16 months and considered by many to be one of the best quality DVDs to have ever been made. “The finest video disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined.” Roger Ebert.

One of my favorite sequences is from the Mausoleum of Shah-e-Cheragh in Shiraz, Iran. I was stunned by the visual beauty and effort of this space.

While having gorgeous scenes that brought tears to my eyes, there are also some that were a bit difficult to watch. There’s nothing “disturbing”, but some scenes involve activities of the modern human world that are meant to be a bit uncomfortable. This film is meant to make you FEEL and THINK in possible new perspectives and broader world views.

Just like Chronos, I recommend watching Baraka in best HD quality.. and loud. I added a trailer for it below from YouTube. There are full versions on YouTube cut into parts or on other online sources. You can also find, rent, netflix, or buy the remastered HD version which really is a huge difference. Enjoy!

***All photos taken from Spirit of Baraka***

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