Now, the disc is here and I have finally been able to see for myself, what "Baraka" really is. It is a magical film that takes you around the world. Part documentary, part art, "Baraka" is best described as a 100 minute experience that visits stunning locations and captures them with breathtaking images. It is not a movie, and it is not a documentary in terms of practical education. However, it is highly educational in that it shows us some of the most beautifully enchanting places on Earth. Over a 13 month period, the filmmakers of "Baraka" have visited 24 countries and hand picked locations with a personality. Then they set about to capture their often majestic magic on film, to show the world, how unique and poetic these locations are. These images are then combined with a phenomenal musical score that emphasizes the pictures and makes the film a truly unique, and peacefully mesmerizing experience.
The film takes you into the jungle of Borneo, to the streets Kalkutta’s, over the burning oil fields in Kuwait, into the Peruvian jungle, the Himalayas, the desert of Australia and right into the busy heart of Hong Kong. It captures the pulse of each of the locations and holds on to it in visually striking images, before inviting the viewer over into yet another world. Snow capped mountains, praying Buddhist priests, and gigantic production facilities where people flock like chicken, create contrasts that are stimulating and very poetic.
The DVD of "Baraka" also contains a short documentary with interviews by the filmmakers that helps understand their intention a little better. They explain what they tried to achieve and how they ultimately went about achieving it. From that perspective, I would almost recommend watching this short
"Baraka" is a magnificent journey without any words. Let the music and the images envelop your senses and simply sit back to enjoy the experience. It is hard to describe the serenity and peacefulness of this film, and it really has to be seen to be understood.
Make sure to check this disc out some time. It is very different from anything I have seen in a long time.