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Baraka 1992 BluRay 1080p x264

Full length captivating movie of images of us, along the lines of Koyaanisqatsi.  A very good representation of who we are, visually stunning.

Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, Baraka brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls "a guided mediation on humanity." It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope that would take 30 months to complete, including 14 months on location, with a custom-built computerized 65mm camera.

"The goal of the film," says producer Mark Magidson, "was to reach past language. nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer."

Baraka was one of the most acclaimed international releases of its time. A 2001 DVD release featuring a new  transfer and digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound became one of the most popular and acclaimed discs in the format‘s history. But as Fricke and Magidson began to explore the capabilities of new digital techology, they would soon seize the challenge to capture the film‘s 70mm theatrical impact in the ultimate high definition DVD, resulting in the widely acclaimed Blu-ray release of Baraka.

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Baraka- In Islamic mysticism, Barakah or Baraka (Arabic: بركة ‎ ) is a kind of continuity of spiritual presence and revelation that begins with God and flows through that and those closest to God. Baraka can be found within physical objects, places, and people, as chosen by God.

Yes, the Baraka guy did the cinematography on Koyaanisqatsi.

Ah, makes sense. 25 countries is a lot!

My favorite scene


Trailer for their 2011 film Samsara

Filmed 20 years after Baraka. 

1985 Chronos, only 42 minutes!  Just finished watching this first one, very good :)

This was for IMAX, also filmed by Ron Fricke.

From his Facebook page:

Ron Fricke is an American film director and cinematographer, considered to be a master of time-lapse photography and large format cinematography. He was the director of photography for Koyaanisqatsi (1982) and directed the purely cinematic non-verbal non-narrative feature Baraka (1992). He designed and used his own 65 mm camera equipment for Baraka and his later projects. He also directed the IMAX films Chronos (1985) and Sacred Site (1986). His most recent work was as cinematographer for parts of the film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (he was hired to shoot the eruption of Mt Etna in Sicily for use in scenes of the volcanic planet Mustafar). The sequel to Baraka, Samsara, was released in 2011, and re-released in 2012 for audiences in the USA.

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