The trailer (above) is best watched full-screen, volume up.

“Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.”

Sand mandala, Samsara

Bagan Myanmar, Samsara

Chicken processing, Samsara


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March 20, 2015


I haven’t watched Qatsi yet, but found Baraka way better than Samsara. In fact after watching Baraka, I found Samsara to be a huge let down.

It took 10 minutes to get into it, then it was pretty absorbing throughout. Some of the timelapses were so transcendent I thought they might be artificial, so the behind-the-scenes was well worth watching. The scale of the project was inspiring in itself. There’s so much diversity of life on earth. That’s easy to forget when I’m sat at my desk looking into a computer. It won’t be the same as seeing these things on location, but it’s the next best thing (also on Netflix, as Richard said).

Always great to see Ron Fricke & his timeless meditative films being recommended & turning folks onto culture & beauty (and more).

I was initially blown away by Reggio & Fricke’s Koyaanisqatsi (far ahead of it’s time, difficult to show the effect it’s had on cinematography ever since!).
Naqoyqatsi (the last of the Sqatsi trilogy) was the only one that seemed to come up very short.
Perhaps because R. Fricke wasn’t the cinematographer.

Here’s a good site by folks inspired by the work that delves into it.

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