A World Beyond Words

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A musical and visual journey presenting religious rituals around the world.
Branch Call Number: 203.8 BAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc
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Aug 21, 2018

Burn some Nag Champa and load a bowl. Enjoy....

Feb 28, 2016

This is the most amazing experience . This movie connects you with the whole universe very deepy. Please get more copies!

Sep 21, 2015

This is a disquieting piece. It is unnerving and disillusioning in the presentation and scope of the images presented. That said, it has no plot- not even in the traditional documentary manner of a plot. This movie is a parade of images, presented as a wordless essay, a thesis on the essence of the human condition.

BookReviewer2015 Jul 16, 2015

An epic and stunning documentary! Check out its sequel-Samsara!

Feb 27, 2015

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 twenty-three 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

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

Nov 19, 2014

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

Sep 04, 2013

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

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.

xaipe Sep 20, 2012

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.

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