Watching the Baraka I felt like I was taken on a journey around the globe. Amazing pictures of nature and people, and a sense spirituality are the essence of this film. Even if there is no dialogue in this film the images and the soundtrack together tells the story of indigenous people and their spirituality. For the first part of the film the impressive camerawork shows breathtaking picture of nature, and as we travel from one place to another we see different religions and ethnicities and their relationship to nature. As the film goes on the tempo speeds up and as viewers we go from feeling a sense of calmness and belonging to a feeling of stress and anxiety. We are taken to less spiritual part of the world, the journey around the globe takes us to developed cities, showing stress and mass production (those poor chickens!!). Even if the feeling changes, and we are no longer looking at beautiful images of nature, the camerawork is still impressive and finds beauty in slums, factories, and a stressful urban environment. Cars and people are rushing through, and at one point the story hits a point where we can’t take it anymore as it is shown almost as a tantrum. We come back to a peaceful environment where spirituality is the focus and the simple beauty of the world and its inhabitants is portrayed.
I have never before watched a movie without any dialogue, and it took me awhile to accept that there was no spoken story line, but in the end the powerful pictures told a great story.