Sometimes the power of images transcends any kind of words to describe ourselves, our habits, our cultures, our thoughts, our planet. Baraka is a sublime piece of a documentary that shows our world and nature, how we deal with our lives. No critical perspectives here. Just things like they are. Ron Fricke leaves that for our own judgment.
Baraka explores Earth's cultures and indicts consumerism and its devastating effects on the environment, poverty in Third World countries, and tribal communities, as well as the aftermath of genocide and war. Eye-opening experience with unforgettable images. Samsara is superior (it moved me even more) but both are must-see masterpieces.
This is what Powaqqatsi/Naqoyqatsi should have been. It takes the methods of Koyaanisqatsi even further. It's absolutely gorgeous, serene and structurally inspiring. I'm a skeptical, but this was the closest to spirituality I've been, so I'd say Baraka is a very apt title. Despite the religious undertone, everyone should watch this.
'Baraka' didn't quite captivate my soul in the way that 'Samsara' did, which is surprising because most seem to favor 'Baraka'. Maybe it's because I watched 'Samsara' first? Either way, it's still a gorgeous, breathtaking, awe-inspiring, etc., etc., etc., experience.
Baraka is a treat to a curious eye. It shows the world by its iconicity and reveals at the very same time a local and a global point of view. Some of these images are so beautiful you just gasp and get ran over by them: something to watch with friends by - so you can share that feeling of true wonder: a genuine experience.
It's undeniably beautiful, but Baraka wants to shine under the false pretense that you can reach the soul of mankind solely by piecing together stunning images of transcendent moments/rituals. Yes we're connected, yes there's much wonder in the world, and then? It parades as a glass full of humanity when really it's only half full. You want humanity? There's plenty of Rossellini doing it better than this.