Baraka

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“In Islam, Baraka or Baraka (Arabic: بركة‎‎) is a kind of continuity of spiritual presence and revelation that begins with God and flows through that and those closest to God. Baraka can be found within physical objects, places, and people, as chosen by God.”

The film Baraka, started off with communities around the world – worshipping, showing their affection, closeness and culture within their group of people. The only audio playing in the background was music and it corresponded with the action among the people chanting and the slow stills of the different landscapes. Initially I thought this film was going to focus on one specific culture. Instead I realized throughout, these are people around the world, different groups, different cultures, different in many ways but as I continued watching… and as the film would switch back and forth between different groups of people I felt more connected each time. The importance of humanism is displayed throughout, without a word spoken. I enjoyed the still slow visuals of the landscape and environment, the time lapses made me reflect on how quickly things change, yet slow and steady – good and bad.

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