Baraka (1992)

Baraka (1992) is a film that tries to subjectively display the relationship between human and non-human life.

The film starts out showing various religious practices around the world an incredibly large, ultra-wide, 70mm shot.

The cinematography of most scenes were shot with multiple cameras from different angles in attempt to capture cultural practices as a fly on the wall with scenes of nature and modern/primitive human cultures using no verbal language.

a common motif throughout the film are the transitions from nature to human civilization. First, an incredible scene of nature with no human influence then abruptly transitions into a scene of humans destroying nature.


The conclusion I received from the movie is that everything we consume in our lives as humans has an equal and opposite consequence in the life of another. The relationship between people and nature is not balanced and will eventually effect us if we continue to abuse the natural world.



2 thoughts on “Baraka (1992)

  1. Barack was such a captivating film! I also noticed with with what you wrote about it having a lot of different camera angles. You really get to see the whole landscape of everything that way. The “fly on the wall” comparison is a great observation with the nature aspect of the film. The way this movie was shot actually made you feel like you were there! Great vocabulary and blog post. Thanks for sharing!


  2. That last part in your post was incredibly thought out. I, as well, feel like the message/story was that we humans come from the natural earth and how we live now will eventually lead us to ruin. There were so many “in your face” scenes like the sped-up city traffic and just pedestrians in a city. It made me think, “Why do we live this way when there is a whole Earth waiting for us to take care of it?”


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