BSA306: Baraka


Directed by Ron Fricke ❖ Released 1992 ❖ Non-narrative film

Admittedly I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this film as much as I did. I hoped I would like it, but I actually really, really liked it.

Baraka is Ron Fricke’s 1992 non-narrative documentary film, with no dialogue or voice-over. It was shot in 24 countries on six continents over a 14-month period. This film is a follow up to Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi (1982), on which Fricke was the cinematographer, which is a similar non-verbal documentary film. Fricke set out on his own with Baraka to further expand on the styles and techniques used to capture Koyaanisqatsi. 

Baraka, shot on 70mm, combines photographic styles such as slow-motion and time-lapse. In 2007 the film became the first ever to be restored at 8k resolution.

The film explores themes of religion, materialism and social change.

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