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.