Baraka

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Baraka was a very different film. It is a documentary, however there is no dialogue throughout the entire movie. There is also no voice over. You would think that a documentary with no dialogue would be incredibly boring, but “Baraka” was not. The director was able to maintain the viewers’ attention through it’s subject matter, it’s music, and the different filming techniques.

23 different countries were filmed in this documentary. Most movies use 35 mm film while “Baraka” used 70 mm film. This lead to incredibly wide, high-res shots. It allowed the viewer to take in the size and beauty of many places in the world like Mecca, Big Sur, and more. The majority of shots were done in slow motion and it had a mesmerizing affect.  

What I found the coolest was the switch from slow motion shots of nature, to quick time-lapses of the city. The wide shot time-lapses showed thousands of people moving as lights switched. Cars came and went in waves and it was an awesome thing to see in that way. The city time-lapses were definitely my favorite parts of the film.

“Baraka” really touched on many different aspects of life. Beautiful nature turned to large un-natural cities. Shots of the homeless sleeping on the streets transitioned into extravagant buildings made of glass. Tribes of people who have never used technology were set next to places where technology was in every corner of life. This film did a great job of putting life and the Earth that we live on into perspective.

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2 thoughts on “Baraka

  1. I enjoyed reading your post and too think that the way this film switched from quick time-lapses to slow time-lapses is truly what made this film so powerful and capturing. The audience gets strong emotions from the cinematography of this film and the way the music builds up with the time lapses. The ways this film captures these cultures I think truly gets the audience thinking about humanity and were they are individually in life. By capturing the world in this way I think each person watching gets a feeling of significance yet insignificance, but not in a depressing kind of way. Rather in an acceptance or content kind of way, appreciating life and humanity here on earth. Respecting the different cultures and way of life. I think through these depictions of other cultures the audience begins to feel sort of empowered with their own life, reminded that they can do whatever they want to do, and thus should live their life their own way. Great post!

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  2. This film really does prove that dialogue is not needed to have a great film. Showing us the reality of the world, the beauty of it and the harshness of it gives the audience something rare. A film about reality. So of course it was very important to have a good camera while filming. Although I agree the film was entertaining I don’t think the central theme was conveyed strongly enough. There is a lot of chance to tell a story of Earth through just filming it and I think although Baraka did it better than I ever could, it could have been better.

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