A follow-up to Ron Fricke’s fantastic Baraka, Fricke’s newest work is entitled Samsara, the film is described by the director as a “guided meditation on the cycle of birth death and rebirth.”
If you’re a film buff, you probably recall director Ron Fricke’s fantastic, visually stunning outings like Koyaanisqatsi or Baraka. Fricke’s newest work is a sequel, of sorts, to the latter. Entitled Samsara, the film is described by the director as a “guided meditation on the cycle of birth death and rebirth.” It was shot on 70mm film — one of just a handful of films to be shot in such a loving way over the past forty years — in some 25 countries. Here’s the story from the film’s website:
Samsara is a word that describes the ever turning wheel of life. It is a concept both intimate and vast – the perfect subject for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, whose previous collaborations include Chronos and Baraka, and who, in the last 20 years, have travelled to over 58 countries together in the pursuit of unique imagery.
Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world as they are swept along a journey of the soul. Through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.
The film premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February, and now an August date for general release has been set. In the meantime, visit the website for details, and get a taste of what’s to come with this trailer for Samsara’s predecessor, Baraka: