Baraka locations in order

Baraka locations in order DEFAULT


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Baraka is an incredible nonverbal film containing images of 24 countries from 6 continents, created by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with music from Michael Stearns and others. The film has no plot, contains no actors and has no script.  Instead, high quality 70mm images show some of the best, and worse, parts of nature and human life.  Timelapse is used heavily to show everyday life from a different perspective.  Baraka is often considered a spiritual film.

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Baraka is an ancient Sufi word, which can be translated as "a blessing, or as the breath, or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds."  For many people Baraka is the definitive film in this style. Breathtaking shots from around the world show the beauty and destruction of nature and humans. Coupled with an incredible soundtrack including on site recordings of The Monks Of The Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery.

Baraka is evidence of a huge global project fueled by a personal passion for the world and visual art. Working on a reported US$4 million budget, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, with a three-person crew, swept through 24 countries in 14 months to make this stunning film.

One of the very last films shot in the expensive TODD-AO 70mm format, Ron Fricke developed a computer-controlled camera for the incredible time-lapse shots, including New York's Park Avenue rush hour traffic and the crowded Tokyo subway platforms.

Some people find the lack of context in Baraka occasionally frustrating, not knowing where a section was filmed, or the meaning of the ritual taking place. However, the DVD version includes a short behind-the-scenes featurette in which cinematographer Ron Fricke explains that the effect was intentional. "It's not where you are that's important, it's what's there."

The DVD also includes behind the scenes footage, including scenes of the grueling shoot at Ayer's Rock in Australia, when a plague of flies of Biblical proportions made it impossible to film until they rigged up a vacuum to suck the bugs away from the lens.

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For me Baraka is the pinnacle of these films. The quality of the cinematography is outstanding. Shots flip from solitary Monks to crowded streets from great temples to images of war firing a hundred and one thoughts in your mind that you never complete. 

Baraka is not just about what you are seeing, It is also about how it is presented. Shots of monks will make you grab your backpack and head for Asia as soon as the film finishes, but you never make it as the shots of post war Kuwait and the refuse dumps of Calcutta remind you that us humans are far from perfect.  The decision to use the Toddmm format film could never have been easy. The extra cost and work is clearly worth it though, it leaves its mark against all of the other films.



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Here are some great interviews with the film makers.  Taken from the DVD extras.


Visual images include

Tibetan monks, Orthodox Jews, Whirling Dervishes, a solar eclipse, Buddhist monks, African tribal rituals, Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, rain forests, Ayers Rock, Big Sur country, Hawaiian volcanoes, Brazilian slums, time-lapse footage of car and pedestrian traffic, post-Persian Gulf War shots of Kuwait's burning oil fields, burning-of-the-dead ceremonies on the Ganges, refuse dumps of Calcutta, Auschwitz, Egyptian Pyramids, Angkor Wat, Mount Everest, Tuol Sleng in Cambodia, Indonesian factory workers.


Baraka has a stunning and varied soundtrack.  Primarily composed by Michael Stearns, but also including contributions from many other artists and performers.  Buy the soundtrack here.

The Book

'Baraka a visual journal' is a book containing 58 original still photographs taken by Mark Magidson during the journey that created the film. Buy the book here. The images vary greatly with content and style, from Black and white to colour, from letter box to full page. The book contains passages where Magidson describes the film and its meaning. It also has 36 small shots, with descriptions showing the people and equipment that made the film. I would strongly recommend the book to anyone who has a passion for the film. It is very nicely printed on Monadnock Dulcet and bound in Asahi Cloth, produced by St. Anne's Press.

Samsara - the sequel

Ron Fricke is working on a sequel to Baraka entitled Samsara.


Directed and filmed by Ron Fricke.

Produced by Mark Magidson.

Edited by Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson and David Aubrey.

Production supervised by Alton Walpole.

Music by Michael Stearns, Dead Can Dance, David Hykes/The Harmonic Choir, Somet Satoh, Anugama & Sebastiano, Kohachiro Miyata, Inkuyo, L. Subramaniam, Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery, Rustavi Choir, Ciro Hurtado, Brother.

Read the complete credits and awards

Filming locations

  • Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Centre, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Ahmadi, Kuwait| American Express Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Angkor Thom, Cambodia
  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Angkor, Cambodia
  • Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA
  • Auschwitz, Poland
  • Australia
  • Auytthaya Province, Thailand
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Bang Pa-ln, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Barrio Mapasingue, Ecuador
  • Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Bayon, Cambodia
  • Beijing, China
  • Bhaktapur, Nepal
  • Big Sur, California, USA
  • Bodnath, Nepal
  • Borobudur, Indonesia
  • Burgan Field, Kuwait
  • Bytom, Poland
  • Caiapó Village, Pará, Brazil
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Calcutta, West Bengal, India
  • Caldad Blanca Cementerio, Ecuador
  • Candi Nandi, Indonesia
  • Candi Perwara, Indonesia
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle, Arizona, USA
  • Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah, USA
  • Carajás Animal Reserve, Pará, Brazil
  • Cathedral, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France
  • Cathedral, Reims, Marne, France
  • Central Australia, Australia
  • Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, France
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, Israel
  • City of the Dead, Egypt
  • Cocinda, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Durbar Square, Nepal
  • Emam Mosque, Iran
  • Empire State Building - Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Favela da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Galata Mevlevi Temple, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ganges River, India
  • General De Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Ghats, India
  • Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Great Hall of the People, China
  • Green Plaza Capsule Hotel, Japan
  • Greenhaven Correctional Facility, Greenhaven, New York, USA
  • Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Haleakalä National Park, Maui, Hawaii, USA
  • Hanuman Ghat, Nepal
  • Helmsley Building - Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Himalayas, Nepal
  • Hokke-Ji Temple, Japan
  • Iguazú waterfalls, Argentina
  • Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Isfahan, Iran
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • JR Shinjuku Station, Japan
  • JVE Yokosuka Factory, Japan
  • Jadarta-Istigial Mosque, Indonesia
  • Jahra Road - Mitla Ridge, Kuwait
  • Java, Indonesia
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jim Jim Falls, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Jogjakarta-Prambanan, Indonesia
  • Kailashnath Temple, India
  • Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Kasunanan Palace, Indonesia| Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kediri Tabanan, Indonesia
  • Kediri-Gudang Gama Cigarette Factory, Indonesia
  • Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona, USA
  • Kona, Hawai`i, Hawaii, USA
  • Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  • Kunwarde Hwarde Valley, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Lake Magadi, Kenya
  • Lake Natron, Tanzania
  • Li River, China
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Luxor, Egypt
  • Mancan Padi, Indonesia
  • Mara Kichwan Tembo Manyatta, Kenya
  • Mara Rianta Manyatta, Kenya
  • Massai Mara, Kenya
  • Maui, Hawaii, USA
  • Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Meiji Shrine, Japan
  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA
  • Mount Everest, Nepal
  • Mount Tramserku, Nepal
  • Mt. Bromo Valley, Indonesia
  • NMB Factory, Thailand
  • Nagano Springs, Japan
  • Nara, Japan
  • National Museum of India, New Delhi, India
  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Nittaku, Japan
  • Northern Territory, Australia
  • Oakland, California, USA
  • Pasupati, Nepal| Patpong, Thailand
  • Peabody Coal Mine, Black Mesa, Arizona, USA
  • Persepolis, Iran
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
  • Presh Khan, Cambodia
  • Pu`u`ö`ö, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai`i, Hawaii, USA
  • Pyramids at Giza, Egypt
  • Qin Shi Huang, China
  • Quilin, China
  • Ramasseum, Egypt
  • Reims, Marne, France
  • Represa Samuel/Dam & Lake, Rondônia, Brazil
  • Rio Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Ryoan-Ji Temple, Japan
  • Sangho-Ji Temple, Japan
  • Shahcherach Mosque, Iran
  • Shiprock, New Mexico, USA
  • Shiraz, Iran
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Soi Cowboy, Thailand
  • Sonsam Kosal Killing Fields, Cambodia
  • Sormville, New York, USA
  • St. Peter Basilica, Vatican City
  • Swayambhu, Nepal
  • São Paulo City, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Ta Proum, Cambodia
  • Tampak Siring, Indonesia
  • Tegal Allang, Indonesia
  • Temple Gunung Kawi, Indonesia
  • Temple of Karnak, Egypt
  • Temple of Luxor, Egypt
  • Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China
  • Tiwi Tribe, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Tomoe Shizung & Hakutobo, Japan
  • Tonle Omm Gate, Cambodia
  • Tuol Sleng Museum, Cambodia
  • Uluru / Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Uluru National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Uluwatu, Indonesia
  • Vandharajan Temple, Varanasi, India
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Vatican City
  • Wat Arun, Thailand
  • Wat Suthat, Thailand
  • Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel
  • White House, Arizona, USA
  • World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
  • Xi'an, China
  • Yamanouchi-Machi Town Office, Japan
  • Yellow Water, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Zoujou-Ji Temple, Japan


PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES: pantheism, deep ecology

OTHER FILMS BY DIRECTOR RON FRICKE: Koyaanisqatsi ( Cinematographer), Chronos (), Sacred Site (), Samsara ()

SYNOPSIS: Baraka, the Sufi term for “blessing”, is a nonverbal film with dramatic images of nature, religious ritual, oppressive city life, and war. The film, in the words of director Ron Fricke, is a journey of rediscovery and reconnecting. The dominant message is a mystical one: God is nature, big cities are unnatural, and we connect with nature through organic religious rituals. The movie was filmed during a 13 month period in 24 countries at over locations. It was shot on 70 millimeter film which gives it especially high resolution (the normal film size for a feature-length movie is 35 millimeter). Baraka follows in the tradition of the groundbreaking nonverbal film Koyaanisqatsi (), directed Godfrey Reggio, of which Fricke was the cinematographer. Wearing the director’s hat this time, Fricke set out to make “The ultimate nonverbal film in the ultimate format,” as Baraka’s producer Mark Magidson puts it. While the film contains no narration or dialogue, it nonetheless contains a clear three-act story. Act 1 depicts scenes of natural wonder and religious rituals that blend together. In Act 2 the movie shifts direction as a Brazilian rainforest tree is chainsawed to the ground. An enormous strip mine scars the landscape. Cities progressively increase in size and take on a mechanical breathing sound. The result is overpopulation, mass production, factory farms, poverty, prostitution, war, and ultimately genocide. Act 3 is one of redemption. Civilizations ultimately collapse under their own weight, and people are purified by returning to nature and religious ritual. A gallery of images from Baraka is at this website:


1. The film begins in Nango Springs, Japan, with shots of a snow monkey sitting contemplatively in hot springs, suggesting a state of ideal harmony between conscious beings and nature. What in Fricke’s view does that state of harmony involve?

2. Early on in the film there is a series of slow motion scenes at temples and sacred sites around the world. The religious rituals and sacred art are complex and dramatic. What does this have to do with nature?

3. Fricke includes the Indonesian monkey chant, called “kecak”, in which participants sway, shake their arms and repeat the word “kecak”. The chant is not of religious origin and was actually created in in Bali to entertain tourists. It tells the Hindu story from the Ramayana of how Rama was assisted by a white monkey army to rescue his kidnapped wife. The hypnotic chant is sometimes performed in the United States, where some participants begin speaking in tongues. One college-aged participant said the following: “I loved it. I felt so close to everyone. I'm usually conservative and skeptical, but the energy was so welcoming that we weren't afraid to come together.” Fricke may have been unaware that the monkey chant was originally a creation for the tourist industry and was thus not an organic religious ritual. In hindsight, does the monkey chant belong in the film?

4. Frick includes images of an active volcano, waterfalls, churning clouds in fast motion, and time lapse movements of stars across the sky. What’s the message?

5. Frick includes images of natural wonders, such as natural bridges that have been sculpted by water. Ayer’s Rock in Australia is streaked with erosion. What’s the message?

6. The movie has recurring images of ritual body art: stretched ear lobes, tattoos, face paintings, head dresses. What’s the message?

7. The film takes on a more ominous tone showing people living in apartments that are like small boxes stacked upon one another; and even cemeteries have crypts stacked several rows high. One scene shows Japanese capsule hotels that are like stacked coffins that hold a single occupant. What’s so bad about living in a box?

8. The film juxtaposes a low-tech Cigarette Factory in Indonesia with a high-tech Electronics assembly line where workers wear face masks. What’s being compared and contrasted?

9. One scene juxtaposes the full body tattoos of a Japanese Yakuza gang with the tattoos of children from the Brazilian Yanomami Tribe. What’s being compared and contrasted?

Fast motion street scenes seem dehumanizing since individual people are lost within the larger patterns of car and pedestrian movement. Suppose, though, that religious rituals were filmed in fast motion; they’d appear the same way. What’s the difference?

The movie depicts factory farms: assembly-line Food production: eggs, chicken debeaking, and discarded chicks that slide down the big funnel. What’s the message?

One downside of big cities and overpopulation is rampant poverty: children living on the street begging for handouts, and foraging through garbage dumps. How would a more natural society prevent this?

As society moves further away from nature the end result is widespread war and genocide. How would a more natural society prevent this?

The film depicts modern Chinese communist soldiers guarding Tiananmen Square, and then shifts to pictures of the ancient Chinese Taracotta Army statues. What’s the point of comparison?

The film moves towards its redemptive theme with the depiction of the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia, which is overgrown with enormous tree roots. What’s the message?

The film shows Hindu religious practices that center on the Ganges river, such as ritual bathing and funeral pyres. How is this redemptive, and what is it redeeming us from?

The film shows several religious rituals that involve fluid motion: the ritual hopping of Kenyan tribespeople, whirling dervishes of Islam’s Sufi sect, Orthodox Jews bobbing at the Wailing Wall, Muslim pilgrims circling the Kabah in Mecca. What’s the message?

The film closes with visual comparisons between the ruins of temples and natural rock formations. What’s the point of comparison?


Baraka was a movie what had no verbal description, with this in mind the movie does allow the watcher to question and make their own judgments of what the meaning of the movie was to them. I particularly enjoyed seeing the different scenes and pictures of technology in contrast with nature, how nature is in constant rival with man and technology. I was impressed with the work and purpose the director strived for completing the picture. The contrast of human traits with nature was informative as well; the question of the fast moving traffic and people to me has contrast to the insects moving alone the tree in an orderly movement. The two separate incidents in the movie of three individuals standing together may have some importance, I am not sure what but I think their must be something or they would not been there. The jungle people making their monkey chant was go to be placed in the movie, it can be compared to people that follow a religion merely through the meaningless rituals they practice. -- Ubermensch

This was another of the more enjoyable movies I watched. Personally, the crisp graphics and exotic scenery were the biggest aspects of the movie. But it was certainly deep with philosophical content. The religious scenes, most notably the kekak dance and the temple shots remind me of religious issues, cultural relativism and those sorts of arguments. The nature scenes focus on the power of nature, one example being the huge gusts of winds blowing across the desert mesa. The scenes of robotic people, assembly line workers, and de-humanizing scenery combined with monotonous “tick tock” music really gives way to philosophical questions such as “am I a robot?.” It also brings up the questions of society, like how trivial things such as working and walking show how desensitized and unaware of our lives we really are. The big sky scrapers along with the impoverished families also contrast with the big city lives of rich and famous to the smaller societies clambering to stay alive. It is all resolved, supposedly, by returning to nature. By getting in touch with nature, bathing in her waters, it’s almost like experiencing a Christian baptism. I certainly found all these issues quite interesting. It actually made me feel quite small compared to the world, and useless, in accordance with the problems it faces. It made me realize the powers that lie in nature, and the expansiveness of our world. – The Apostate

The most engaging and persuasive movie assigned for viewing in Philosophy was undoubtedly Baraka. Offering more philosophical and persuasive content than many of its more voluble counterparts, the film raised a host of pertinent questions with its video collage technique. While many will view the movie as a non-verbal argument for the philosophical movement known as deep ecology, those not well-versed in Eastern strands of thought will also be provoked into a genuine ethical introspection. The movie’s chief question is "what is westernization doing to the world?" Ron Fricke masterfully portrays this modernization by making the images faster-paced and the music more complex as the scenes shift from more natural lifestyles to more technologically advanced ones. Concomitant to modernization is a variety of social evils. The movie displays these in a set order, implying a pattern: poverty, prostitution, predation, and putrefaction. This pattern utilizes some of the more haunting images of the movie, including collections of bones remaining from the Holocaust. A controlling metaphor marks Baraka’s coverage of industrialization. Throughout this section, the film flashes to clips from an industrial farm. Freshly hatched chicks are pushed through a system of examinations and vaccinations. At one stop along this process, the mouths of the chicks are branded. Fricke alternates these scenes with shots of crowded and active city streets. The implications are clear. Humans have as much value in westernized societies as the chicks do to the industrial farm. Similarly, as the workers of the industrial farm care little for the chicks and push them through processing as quickly as possible, westernized countries care little about their citizens and simply seek to push them through life. While I was not compelled by the solution Baraka offers—i.e., a return to simplistic, natural, and unindustrialized living—my eyes were further opened to the ethical evils of westernization. -- Shifty

I find Baraka to have a great lack of direction and insight in relation to philosophical content. The lack of narration has much to do with this privation. One is open to as much insight and is given an equal amount of direction when one goes to the liquor store for a necessary compliment to this film or when one sees a glowing inferno after setting fire to a copy of Baraka in the midst of feeling a moral obligation to do so. The film leads the viewer to notice the aesthetic value of the world and not so much a relation with pantheism. While I feel that theism (not necessarily pantheism) and the beauty of nature are related, I do not feel the need to combine the attributes of God and the wonders of nature. I feel this is an inference that cannot be made and is certainly not one that is made sufficiently. With a lack of direction, I feel a case could be made for many philosophical topics without any of these topics being the intention the director. With this being stated, a person who has not been exposed to philosophical topics has no idea of any philosophical significance throughout the film. This person would merely be impressed with the cameraman's abilities to capture some breathtaking sights throughout the world. -- Sleepy Town

“Baraka” was a good movie yet I personally believe that by reading the synopsis before the movie really helps understand what the movie was trying to express through the synopsis. I really like how the movie was able to express such a complex idea with out conversation in such a way that a person could actually take in the full effect of the message of Gods presence in everything from an eastern theodicy. I think it was really eye opening like “The Corporation”. I think that all together it shows a naturalistic perspective of our existence. -- Downwardly Mobile

Talk about a good way to piss me off. If there was philosophical content to this movie, I lost it somewhere between the directors self absorption and Phillip Glass licking an electric keyboard. Seriously, was there a point to be had besides “Nature/Religion good, Science/Technology bad!!”? Some people might say that it’s very “American” to criticize this film, but I feel as though the film itself was very American, which is to say that it presented a very colorful show and made some very strong accusations, but did so on very loose footing and can never, ever be held accountable for them. Let me tell you a thing or two about nature. It has SNAKES in it. And MALARIA. And RABIES. And what’s the great white devil of technology brought us lately? Asprin. Antibiotics. The information super highway. Air conditioning. Big guns to kill rabid, malaria infested snakes. I wonder if the director actually stuck around and checked out the amazing advances the naturalist religions he’s so fond of have made in recent years, like female genital mutilation, throwing acid in the faces of rape victims, and just generally killing the hell out of each other whenever they get the chance. You don’t get to build gigantic, beautiful, gemstone encrusted temples by being fair and kind to people. You do it by starving your followers and enemies until you’ve got enough money or slave labor to build something like that. I’m not afraid to look too American by saying that there was no solid message behind this movie. The simple life that the director seems to be promoting is one where women are baby crapping property, and people die of old age at thirty. -- Reviewer from Hell

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Baraka (film)

documentary directed by Ron Fricke


Theatrical release poster

Directed byRon Fricke
Written byConstantine Nicholas
Genevieve Nicholas
Produced byMark Magidson
CinematographyRon Fricke
Edited byRon Fricke
Mark Magidson
David Aubrey
Music byMichael Stearns


Magidson Films

Distributed byThe Samuel Goldwyn Company

Release date

September 24,

Running time

97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million
Box office$ million[1]

Baraka is a American non-narrativedocumentary film directed by Ron Fricke. The film is often compared to Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the Qatsi films by Godfrey Reggio for which Fricke served as the cinematographer.[2] It was photographed in the 70&#;mm Todd-AO format, and is the first film ever to be restored and scanned at 8K resolution.[3][4]


Baraka is a documentary film with no narrative or voice-over. It explores themes via a compilation of natural events, life, human activities and technological phenomena shot in 24 countries on six continents over a month period.

The film is named after the Sufi concept of baraka, meaning blessing, essence or breath.[5][4]

The film is Ron Fricke's follow-up to Godfrey Reggio's similar non-verbal documentary film Koyaanisqatsi. Fricke was cinematographer and collaborator on Reggio's film, and for Baraka he struck out on his own to polish and expand the photographic techniques used on Koyaanisqatsi. Shot in 70 mm, it includes a mixture of photographic styles including slow motion and time-lapse. Two camera systems were used to achieve this. A Todd-AO system was used to shoot conventional frame rates, but to execute the film's time-lapse sequences Fricke had a special camera built that combined time-lapse photography with perfectly controlled movements.[6]

Locations featured include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Ryōan temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smouldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, the aircraft boneyard of Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, tribal celebrations of the Maasai in Kenya, and chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery.

The film features a number of long tracking shots through various settings, including Auschwitz and Tuol Sleng, over photos of the people involved, past skulls stacked in a room, to a spread of bones. It suggests a universal cultural perspective: a shot of an elaborate tattoo on a bathing Japanese yakuza precedes a view of tribal paint.


See also: Baraka: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The score is by Michael Stearns and features music by, among others, Dead Can Dance, L. Subramaniam, Ciro Hurtado, Inkuyo, Brother, Anugama & Sebastiano, and David Hykes.

In , German composer Mathias Rehfeldt released the concept album Baraka, inspired by the events of the movie.[7]


Following previous DVD releases, in the original 65&#;mm negative was rescanned at 8K resolution with equipment designed specifically for Baraka at FotoKem Laboratories. The automated 8K film scanner, operating continuously, took more than three weeks to finish scanning more than , frames (taking approximately twelve to thirteen seconds to scan each frame), producing over thirty terabytes of image data in total. After a month digital intermediate process, including a 96&#;kHz/bit audio remaster by Stearns for the DTS-HD Master Audiosoundtrack of the film, the result was re-released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in October At the time, project supervisor Andrew Oran described the reissue of Baraka as "arguably the highest-quality DVD that's ever been made".[8]Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert described the Blu-ray release as "the finest video disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined."[4]


A sequel to Baraka, Samsara, made by the same filmmakers, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and released internationally in August Also shot in 70&#;mm, Samsara explores an arguably darker, updated version of many of the same themes as Baraka.


Baraka holds a score of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes out of twenty-six reviews.[2]Roger Ebert included the film in his "Great Movies" list, writing: "If man sends another Voyager to the distant stars and it can carry only one film on board, that film might be Baraka."[4]


The movie was filmed at locations in twenty-four countries.[9]


United States[edit]

  • Arizona: American Express, Phoenix; Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle; Davis–Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson; Peabody coal mine, Black Mesa; Phoenix
  • California: Big Sur; Los Angeles; Santa Cruz (chicken farm scenes)[10]
  • Colorado: Mesa Verde National Park
  • Hawaii: Haleakalā National Park, Maui; Kona; Puʻu ʻŌʻō, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • New York: Empire State Building, Manhattan, New York City; Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan, New York City; Helmsley Building, Manhattan, New York City; McGraw-Hill Building, Manhattan, New York City; World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York City; Green Haven Correctional Facility, Beekman, New York; Stormville, New York
  • Utah: Arches National Park, Moab; Canyonlands National Park, Moab
  • Others: Shiprock, New Mexico; White House, Washington, D.C.

South America[edit]

  • Argentina: Iguazu Falls, Misiones
  • Brazil: Carajás Animal Reserve, Pará; Iguazu Falls, Paraná; Ipanema, Favela da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro; Caiapó Village, Pará; Porto Velho, Rondônia; Represa Samuel, Rondônia; Rio Preto, Minas Gerais; São Paulo City, São Paulo state
  • Ecuador: Barrio Mapasingue, Guayaquil; Cementerio Ciudad Blanca;[11]Galápagos Islands; Guayaquil


  • Cambodia: Angkor Thom; Angkor Wat; Angkor; Bayon; Phnom Penh; Preah Khan; Siem Reap; Ta Prohm; Tonle Omm Gate; Tuol Sleng Museum; Sonsam Kosal Killing Fields
  • China: Beijing; Great Hall of the People; Tiananmen Square; Guilin; Li River, Qin Shi Huang; Xi'an
  • Hong Kong: Kowloon Walled City, Kowloon
  • India: Calcutta, West Bengal; Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Ganges River; Ghats; Kailashnath Temple, Varanasi; National Museum of India, New Delhi; Varadharaja Temple, Varanasi
  • Indonesia: Borobudur; Java; Candi Nandi; Candi Prambanan; Gudang Garam cigarette factory; Kasunanan Palace; Surakarta; Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta; Kediri; Tabanan; Bali; Mancan Padi; Mount Bromo Valley; Tampak Siring; Tegallalang; Gunung Kawi temple; Uluwatu
  • Iran: Imam Mosque; Imam Reza Shrine, Mashhad; Isfahan; Persepolis; Shah Chiragh; Shiraz
  • Japan: Green Plaza Capsule Hotel; Hokke-Ji temple; JVC Yokosuka Factory; Kyoto; Meiji Shrine; Nagano Springs; Nara; Nittaku; Ryōan-ji temple; Sangho-ji Temple; Shinjuku Station; Tokyo; the Hachikō Exit, Shibuya Station; Tomoe Shizung & Hakutobo; Yamanouchi, Nagano; Zōjō-ji temple
  • Jerusalem: Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Western Wall
  • Kuwait: Ahmadi; Burgan Field; Jahra Road, Mitla Ridge (Farouk Abdul-Aziz researched and produced this segment)
  • Nepal: Bhaktapur; Boudhanath; Durbar Square, Kathmandu; Hanuman Ghat; Himalayas; Mount Everest; Mount Thamserku; Pasupati; Swayambhu
  • Saudi Arabia: Mecca
  • Thailand: Ayutthaya Province; Bang Pa-In; Bangkok; NMB Factory; Patpong; Soi Cowboy; Wat Arun; Wat Suthat
  • Turkey: Galata Mevlevi temple



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Baraka&#;is a &#;non-narrative&#;documentary film&#;directed by&#;Ron Fricke. The title&#;Baraka&#;means&#;blessing&#;in a multitude of languages, deriving from the Arabic[2]&#;بركة, descending from a common Semitic ancestor and cognate to the Hebrew&#;Berakhah.

The film is often compared to&#;Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the&#;Qatsi&#;films by&#;Godfrey Reggio&#;for which Fricke was&#;cinematographer.&#;Baraka&#;was the first film in over twenty years to be photographed in the 70mm&#;Todd-AO&#;format, and the first film ever to be restored and scanned at&#;8K resolution.




Baraka&#;is a&#;documentary film&#;with no&#;narrative&#;or&#;voice-over. 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 month period.

The film is Ron Fricke’s follow-up to Godfrey Reggio’s similar non-verbal documentary film&#;Koyaanisqatsi. Fricke was cinematographer and collaborator on Reggio’s film, and for&#;Baraka&#;he struck out on his own to polish and expand the photographic techniques used on&#;Koyaanisqatsi. Shot in&#;70mm, it includes a mixture of photographic styles including&#;slow motion&#;and&#;time-lapse. To execute the film’s time-lapse sequences, Fricke had a special camera built that combined time-lapse photography with perfectly controlled movements.

Locations featured include the&#;Church of the Holy Sepulchre&#;in&#;Jerusalem, the&#;Ryoan-Ji&#;temple in&#;Kyoto,&#;Lake Natron&#;in&#;Tanzania, burning oil fields in&#;Kuwait, the smouldering precipice of anactive volcano, a busy&#;subway&#;terminal, tribal celebrations of the&#;Masai&#;in&#;Kenya, and chanting monks in the&#;Dip Tse Chok Ling&#;monastery.

The film features a number of long&#;tracking shots&#;through various settings, including&#;Auschwitz&#;and&#;Tuol Sleng, over photos of the people involved, past skulls stacked in a room, to a spread of bones. It suggests a universal cultural perspective: a shot of an elaborate&#;tattoo&#;on a bathing Japanese&#;yakuza&#;precedes a view of tribal paint.


The score by&#;Michael Stearns&#;and featuring music by&#;Dead Can Dance,&#;L. Subramaniam,&#;Ciro Hurtado,&#;Inkuyo,&#;Brother&#;and&#;David Hykes, is noticeably different from the&#;minimalist&#;one provided by&#;Philip Glass&#;for&#;Koyaanisqatsi. The film was produced by&#;Mark Magidson, who also produced and directed the film&#;Toward the Within, a live concert performance by&#;Dead Can Dance.


Following previous&#;DVD&#;releases, in the original 65&#;mm negative was re-scanned at 8K (a horizontal resolution of pixels) with equipment designed specifically for&#;Baraka&#;at&#;FotoKem Laboratories. The automated 8K&#;film scanner, operating continuously, took more than three weeks to finish scanning more than , frames (taking approximately 12–13 seconds to scan each frame), producing over 30&#;terabytes&#;of image data in total. After a monthdigital intermediate&#;process, including a 96&#;kHz/24 bit audio&#;remaster&#;by Stearns for the&#;DTS-HD Master Audio&#;soundtrack of the film, the result was re-released on DVD and&#;Blu-ray Disc&#;in October Project supervisor Andrew Oran says this remastered&#;Baraka&#;is "arguably the highest quality DVD that's ever been made".[3]&#;Chicago Sun-Times&#;critic&#;Roger Ebert&#;describes the Blu-ray release as "the finest video disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined."[4]


A sequel to&#;Baraka,&#;Samsara, made by the same filmmakers, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in and released internationally in August Also shot in 70mm,&#;Samsara&#;explores an arguably darker, updated version of many of the same themes as&#;Baraka.


Baraka&#;has a 83% of&#;Rotten Tomatoes&#;out of 18 reviews.[5]&#;Roger Ebert included the film in his "Great Movies" list.


The movie was filmed at locations in 23 countries.[6]&#;Some locations include:&#;Argentina,&#;Australia,&#;Brazil,&#;Cambodia,&#;China,&#;Ecuador,&#;Egypt,&#;France,&#;India,&#;Indonesia,&#;Iran,&#;Italy,&#;Japan,&#;Israel,&#;Kenya,&#;Kuwait,&#;Nepal,&#;Poland,&#;Saudi Arabia,&#;Tanzania,&#;Thailand,&#;Turkey,&#;United States&#;and&#;Vatican City.



  • Arizona:&#;American Express,&#;Phoenix;&#;Canyon de Chelly National Monument,&#;Chinle;&#;Davis-Monthan Air Force Base,&#;Tucson;&#;Peabody&#;coal mine,&#;Black Mesa; Phoenix
  • California:&#;Big Sur;&#;Los Angeles;&#;Santa Cruz&#;(Chicken Farm Scenes)&#;[7]
  • Colorado:&#;Mesa Verde National Park
  • Hawaii:&#;Haleakala National Park,&#;Maui;&#;Kona;&#;Puʻu ʻŌʻō,&#;Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • New York:&#;Empire State Building,&#;Manhattan,&#;New York City;&#;Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan, New York City;&#;Helmsley Building, Manhattan, New York City;&#;McGraw-Hill Building, Manhattan, New York City;&#;World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York City;&#;Green Haven Correctional Facility,&#;Beekman, New York;&#;Stormville, New York
  • Utah:&#;Arches National Park,&#;Moab;&#;Canyonlands National Park, Moab
  • Others:&#;Shiprock,&#;New Mexico;&#;White House,&#;Washington, D.C.;&#;South Lake, California

South America[edit]

  • Argentina:&#;Iguazu Falls,&#;Misiones
  • Brazil:&#;Carajás Animal Reserve,&#;Pará;&#;Iguazu Falls,&#;Paraná;&#;Ipanema,&#;Rio de Janeiro;&#;Caiapó Village, Pará;&#;Porto Velho,&#;Rondônia;&#;Represa Samuel, Rondônia;&#;Rio Preto,&#;Minas Gerais;&#;Favela da Rocinha,&#;São Paulo City,&#;São Paulo
  • Ecuador:&#;Barrio Mapasingue,&#;Guayaquil;&#;Cementerio Ciudad Blanca;[8]&#;Galapagos Islands;&#;Guayaquil


  • Cambodia:&#;Angkor Thom;&#;Angkor Wat;&#;Angkor;&#;Bayon;&#;Phnom Penh;&#;Preah Khan;&#;Siem Reap;&#;Ta Proum;&#;Tonle Omm Gate;&#;Tuol Sleng Museum;&#;Sonsam Kosal Killing Fields
  • China:&#;Beijing;&#;Great Hall of the People;&#;Tiananmen Square;&#;Guilin;&#;Kowloon Walled City,&#;Kowloon,&#;Hong Kong;&#;Li River,&#;Qin Shi Huang;&#;Xi'an
  • India:&#;Calcutta,&#;West Bengal;&#;Chennai,&#;Tamil Nadu;&#;Ganges River;&#;Ghats;&#;Kailashnath Temple;&#;National Museum of India,&#;New Delhi;&#;Vandharajan Temple,&#;Varanasi,&#;Uttar Pradesh
  • Indonesia:&#;Borobudur;&#;Java;&#;Candi Nandi;&#;Candi Prambanan;&#;Gudang Garam Cigarette Factory;&#;Kediri;&#;Kasunanan Palace,&#;Surakarta;&#;Istiqlal Mosque,&#;Jakarta;&#;Kediri, Tabanan;&#;Bali;&#;Mancan Padi;&#;Mount Bromo Valley;&#;Tampak Siring;&#;Tegallalang;&#;Gunung Kawi Temple;&#;Uluwatu
  • Iran:&#;Imam Mosque;&#;Imam Reza shrine,&#;Mashhad;&#;Isfahan;&#;Persepolis;&#;Shah Chiragh;&#;Shiraz
  • Japan:&#;Green Plaza Capsule Hotel;&#;Hokke-Ji Temple;&#;JVE Yokosuka Factory;&#;Kyoto;&#;Meiji Shrine;&#;Nagano Springs;&#;Nara;&#;Nittaku;&#;Ryōan-ji Temple;&#;Sangho-ji Temple;&#;Shinjuku Station;&#;Tokyo;&#;The Hachikō Exit, Shibuya Station;Tomoe Shizung & Hakutobo;&#;Yamanouchi-Machi;&#;Zoujou-Ji Temple
  • Israel:&#;Church of the Holy Sepulchre;&#;Western Wall
  • Kuwait:&#;Ahmadi;&#;Burgan Field;&#;Jahra Road,&#;Mitla Ridge&#;(Farouk Abdul-Aziz&#;researched and produced this segment)
  • Nepal:&#;Bhaktapur;&#;Boudhanath Stupa;&#;Durbar Square,&#;Kathmandu;&#;Hanuman Ghat;&#;Himalayas;&#;Mount Everest;&#;Mount Thamserku;&#;Pasupati;&#;Swayambhu
  • Saudi Arabia:&#;Mecca
  • Thailand:&#;Ayutthaya Province;&#;Bang Pa-ln;&#;Bangkok;&#;NMB Factory;&#;Patpong;&#;Soi Cowboy;&#;Wat Arun;&#;Wat Suthat




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Screaming in pain and indignation, Marina fell to her knees and began to cry. Don't touch her, Sam said. Shes just a flight attendant. And Marina angrily shouted something in the face of her abuser. He laughed.

How They Do It in 1992 (Baraka mini)

Now it's a surprise for you, just don't be surprised at anything. He began to unfasten the buttons of his robe. At first, his bare chest appeared, then I saw a black strip on his hips and thought at first that it was panties. However, my eyes almost got out of their sockets when I saw a woman's lace belt with elastic bands on his hips, then came nylon black stockings, all.

Of which was tucked into chrome boots.

Now discussing:

Ima, Ima. My tongue explores her body again. Here he enters Ima's vagina.

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