Baraka

imageI had never experienced a whirlwind of emotions in a non narrative film until I watched “Baraka” in my cinematography class. This documentary didn’t even require a dialog because the director, Rob Fricke, did such an amazing job capturing the characters facial expressions and body language. In the movie there were a few 15 second scenes where it was just a close up of someone’s face staring at the camera. The best word to describe these images for me was intense. You notice every little detail including facial structure, symmetry, and uniqueness each person in this film had. Not only was that a good use of picture/camera quality, but those scenes told many different stories. The close up shots of some of the tribesmen showed deep lines of age and sun, eyes of age and wisdom, and mouths that looked like they spoke with purpose. Although you have no idea what language these characters use, or anything about them for that matter, the clips Fricke had in “Baraka” make you intrigued to find out.  From chaotic big city time lapses to the great outdoors wide angle shots this film takes you global. I learned how beautiful the wilderness can be and how harsh mankind is as well. According to Dictionary.com the title of this film “Baraka” is defined as… “A spiritual power believed to be possessed in certain persons, objects, tombs, ect.” I feel this is a perfect description of this film due to how much passion was derived from it.

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  1. I agree with you that the close ups were very powerful in this film. That really added to the story and it very interesting to watch despite the lack of narrative or dialogue. Ever single shot in this movie was very powerful and beautiful, I felt like even the slums became beautiful because of the way they were shot.

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