Part of Weekend Classics
Shot in breathtaking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents, BARAKA is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before. These are the wonders of a world without words, viewed through man and nature’s own prisms of symmetry, savagery, harmony and chaos. Accompanied by a wealth of music and sounds — without any dialogue — this mesmerizing visual study conveys the relationship between humans and the environment, with images ranging from the daily devotions of Tibetan monks to views of the Hong Kong skyline. It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope that would take 30 months to complete, including 14 months on location, with a custom-built computerized 65mm camera. This is a rare opportunity to take in one of cinema’s great Earth opuses on Earth Day weekend.
“It is claimed that the great age of travel is dead — that there are no longer amazing, exotic, beautiful and fearsome places for the traveler to discover. A movie like BARAKA gives hope.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times (1993) “A cinematic gap year of forest temples, baking deserts and teeming cities.” —Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph “As one spectacular image follows another, nearly every one lucid and sharp and magnificent, you feel as if you can go anywhere and see anything…. See this movie and see it in a theater.” —Hal Hinson, Washington Post