Baraka is the ultimate of the travel-around-the-world non-narrative documentaries because it’s not just a feast to the eyes, but it genuinely is a near-enlightening experience. It shows beauty through all religions, all of the wonders and the miseries of the world.
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.