Baraka – A World Beyond Words.

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A Friday evening some weeks ago, I started watching John Fricke’s film Baraka from 1992. Never did I imagine that I would actually watch the entire thing in one go (96 minutes is a long time in a multitasking world) but finally I was completely mesmerized.

My motive was to catch a glimpse of the so-called Snow Monkeys (2nd photo) that were ‘made famous’ through the release of this film. They live in the mountains of Nagano in Japan. To protect themselves from the heat, they float around the hot springs during the colder months. Now this post is a scheduled one, but I am hoping to catch a glimpse of said monkeys on this particular day.

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In its Wikipedia article (since this is not a school essay, I can use Wiki as a fully reliable source) it “explores themes via a kaleidoscopic compilation of natural events, life, human activities and technological phenomena shot in 24 countries on six continents over a 14-month period.”

The film completely shot on 70mm film and I think that along with the plentiful use of time-lapses and slow motion is what makes it extra mesmerizing. Since the film completely lacks of narrative and dialogue, I reckon it is a very individual experience (and near meditative to watch) but it touches on subjects such as religion, death and massproduction, taking its viewer through densley populated cities and the most rural of wilderness.

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Title | Baraka
Runtime | 96 min
Director | John Fricke
First released | 1992

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