DVD - 2001
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A world wide odyssey to capture the images which transcend language to tell the story of the earth's evolution and of human diversity, interconnectedness between humans and nature, and man's impact on the surrounding world. Shot in 24 countries on six continents.

Published: [Oak Forest, IL] : MPI Home Video, 2001.
Edition: Special collector's ed. widescreen anamorphic version.
ISBN: 0788603248
Branch Call Number: DVD 333.7 BAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Green, Bob
Fricke, Ron


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Feb 27, 2015
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you are at all familiar with the 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi, then you'll be sure to find that Baraka (whose title translates into "essence of life") runs along similar lines of having no actors, no dialogue, just a constant procession of very vivid images that all (even in a roundabout way) relate to specific, recurring themes. (This time around one of Baraka's main themes is that of various world religions)

After calmly sitting through Baraka's 95 minutes of startling camera-work, striking images (from 23 countries), and meditative, ambiance music, I am now quite convinced that this world we live in is, indeed, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad.

And, sure enough, religion (this includes all sects) is, in one way or another, the very thing that is at the root of all this mass madness. If you ask me, the only unity and "oneness" that religion creates is that of the profoundly insane.

Anyways - I found it somewhat unfortunate that out of the 23 countries visited in this DVD, Canada was one of the nations that was noticeably excluded from said production.

Jan 03, 2015
  • 1aa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Says more without words than just about all other films do that use words.

Nov 19, 2014
  • jenica3000 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

BARAKA is a movie that must be felt and experienced to be understood.

Sep 04, 2013
  • MattPellerin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wonderufl movie without a single word of dialogue - in other words a rare cinematic find. Do not miss the film that redefines how a good movie should appear. You'll be hard-pressed to find better footage anywhere in the world. 5/5

Feb 07, 2013
  • ENFPWOMAN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As a photographer, I really appreciate a movie in which there's exceptional cinematography. Baraka is the most visually stunning movie I've ever seen... highly recommended.

Sep 20, 2012
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing movie. It was filmed by Ron Fricke in 70mm and named from a Sufi word for "breath of life" or "blessing." It was shot on 6 continents and in 24 countries. It's one of those rare movies which must just be experienced rather than relying on descriptions or reviews. The second dvd, which goes into the filming process and identifies some of the locations, expanded my understanding and appreciation. There are some disturbing scenes of Auschwitz, Pol Pot's killing fields, and a funeral pyre on the Ganges along with transcendently beautiful scenes. I would love to have seen it in IMAX format. Highly recommended.

Jan 09, 2012
  • todbacke rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gotta agree with angel4899. This movie is better than Koyaanisqatsi in every way. One of my favorite visual docs.

Feb 22, 2011
  • angel4899 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i actually found this MUCH better than Koyaanisqatsi, but regardless i own both. they're both awesome!

May 18, 2010
  • dscott3 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A poor-man's Koyaanisqatsi. Visually, thematically and sonically, this one doesn't measure up. Get Koyaanisqatsi instead.


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