Some niggles, but my prejudices stand corrected: This is nothing like the overblown "National Geographic" special BARAKA (directed by Reggio's DP, Fricke). Rather, a wary, captivating post-globalization, -Antonioni, -Benning, and -Debord (the latter credited!!) update on the "city symphony." Neither the bounty of technique, nor the sacred-leaning Glass music, nor the Hopi-derived didacticism go amiss toward this aim.
I saw this film at the age of 16 in an art-house theater in West Los Angeles during its initial release in the early 1980s. I had never seen anything like it. Mind blown, life changed. Part meditation, part manifesto, part documentary, part music video. The film shows its age but the message ('Life out of balance') remains relevant. Cinematographer Ron Fricke would direct and shoot 'Baraka' on his own a decade later.