• Ends Thursday


    Dir. Ron Fricke , USA, 2012, 102 min., PG-13, 35mm
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    Part of Doctober

    On Friday, October 12 prior to the 7:15pm screening, there will be a brief introduction from Jonathan Ratner, assistant director of Film Studies at Vanderbilt University.

    Prepare yourself for another unparalleled sensory experience from director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985) were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry. Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means "the ever turning wheel of life" and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed in 70mm over a period of almost five years and in 25 countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA takes the form of a guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

    “A ridiculously ambitious cinematic experiment, a poetic and impressionistic visual essay shot entirely on 70mm film under exceptionally difficult conditions in dozens of locations scattered across five continents.” —Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com