is an ancient Sufi
word that can translate to different things in different lauguages
, but basically means blessing
or the essence of life
. It is a Ron Fricke
film made in 1992
and a Mark Magidson
production. The movie was designed to be an "answer" to Godfrey Reggio
." The movie took over 13 months to film and in 24 countries and 6 continents. It contains absolutely no dialogue, actors
, or script. The musical score is critical to the film and was put together by Philip Glass
The images in the film are diverse
. There are scenes of cities, religious temples
s. Each are placed in the film as juxtaposition
as well as a parallel. Ron Fricke uses the speed of the film and Philip Glass's music
to make comparisons and contrasts as well. For example he will uses scenes of animals in roaming freely in a jungle to a busy New York
city street or the remains found in Auschwitz
. The images show the beauty
and the ugly
of the world.
I believe Baraka is about how "modern
" people used to find peace
, and tranquility
in nature and God
. People used to live in harmony
with the world and all of its creatures. But somehow over time things have been falling, like a hundred year old redwood
being cut by a lumberjack
in the forest. It has created confusion and a lack of a sense of unity with nature. People have turned into robot
s and some people feel the worst of it by living in poverty
and with illness
due to unsafe and unclean environments. Ron Fricke seems to say that with religion
and respect to each other, ourselves, and the Earth
we can make a full circle and again find that peace and tranquility.
The places that were filmed are:
Argentina: Iguacu Falls
: American Express Corporation
: Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Aerospace
Maintenance and Regeneration Center. Canyon de Chelley: White House
. Peabody Coal Mine
. Kit Peak National Observatory.
Bathurst Island: Tiwi Tribe
. Kakadu National Park: Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Kunwarde Hwarde Valley, Cooinda, Yellow Water. Uluru National Park: Ayers Rock.
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro
: Ipanema, Favela de Rocinhu. Carajas: Animal Rescue. Al Aukre: Kayapo Village. Porto Vehlo. Rio Preto. Samuel Dam & Lake. Sao Paolo.
California: Los Angeles
, Big Sur
Angkor: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thorm, Angkor Bayon, Angkor Preach Kahn, Angkor Ta Proum, Angkor Tonle Omm Gate. Phnom Pen: Tuol Sleng Museum. Siem Reap: Sonsam Kosal Killing Fields.
: Tiananman Square
, Great Hall of the People. Xi'an: Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses of Qin Shi Huang. Quilin: Li River.
Colorado: Mesa Verde
Ecuador: Galapagos Islands
. Guayaquil: Barrio Mapasingue, Cuidad Blanca Cemeterio, General de Guayaquil.
: Pyramids at Gizha, City of the Dead. Luxor
: Ramasseum, Temple of Karmak, Temple of Luxor.
Chartres: Chartres Cathedral. Reims: Reims Cathedral.
Island of Hawaii: Kona
, Vlocanoes National Park - Puuoo. Island of Maui
: Haleakala National Park.
: City Landfill, Museum of India. Madras: Vardharajan Temple, Kailashnath Temple. Varanasi: Ghats, Ganges River
: Tampak Siring - Temple Gunung Kawi. Uluwatu. Kediri Tabanan. Tegal Allang. Mancan Padi. Java
: Jakarta - Istiqlal Mosque
. Jogiakarta - Prmbanan, Candi Perwara, Candi Nandi. Kediri - Gudang Garam Cigarette
- Sekaten Festival at the Kasunanan Palace. Borobudur. Mt. Bromo Valley.
Isfahan: Emam Mosque. Persepolis. Shiraz: Shahcherach Mosque.
: Western Wall. Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Italy: Vatican City
: St. peter Basilica.
: Ryoan - Ji Temple. Nagano Springs, Snow Monkey
s, Yamanouchi - Machi Town Office. Nara
: Hokke - Ji Temple, Sansho -Ji Temple. Tokyo
: Green Plaza Capsule Hotel, JR Shinjuku Station, JVC
Yokosuka factory, Meiji Shrine
, Nitttaku, Tomoe Shizune & Hakutobo, Zoujou - Ji Temple.
Masaai Mara, Mara Rianta Manyatta, Mara Kichwa Tembo Manyatta. Lake Magadi
Ahmadi, Burgan Field. Jahra Road - Mitla' Ridge.
: Bodnath, Pasupati, Swayambhu. Himalayas
: Mount Everest
, Mount Tramserku
. Bhaktapur: Hanuman Ghat, Durbar Square.
New Mexico: Shiprock
New York: New York City
: World Trade Center
, Grand Central Terminal
, Empire State Building
, Helmsley Building - 230 Park Avenue
. Stormville: Greenhaven Correctional Facility.
Saudi Arabia: Mecca
: Patpong. Soi Cowboy. Wat Arun. Wat Suthat. Bang Pa-In, Ayutthaya Province: NMB Factory.
: Galata Mevlevi Temple. Haia Sophia.
Utah: Arches National Park
. Canyonlands National Park