Samsara

From Wikipedia: Samsara is a 2011 documentary film, directed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Magidson, who also collaborated on Baraka (1992), a film of a similar vein. Samsara was filmed over four years in 25 countries around the world.

Samsara might just as well have been called, “Hey, look at this cool stuff we found!”  That’s okay though.  A person who goes into a film like this probably already knows what to expect, and it is a worthy addition to the small cannon of films that include such masterpieces as Koyannisqattsi and Baraka.  No actors, no plot, no story, no words.  Just a lot of truly incredible cinematography, shot on location around the globe.  The people who make films like Samsara (and “film” is the right word here, not “movie”) know that ritual is spectacle and tell their stories, insofar as a film like this can be said to have one, by contrasting the rhythms of our cultural lives with those of nature.  Awe-inspiring, breathtaking, beatific, and not to be missed–if you like this sort of thing.

Watch the trailer.

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