During college (dinosaur ages ago), I was lucky enough to take many film studies courses – watch the film, analyze it, write about it. How great was that? My favorite film classes were taught by Professor Glenn Man, the person whom I could debate with as to why he took The Godfather off the syllabus but left Dressed to Kill. When I think of some of my film favorites, Baraka,a film that I studied in a “Mysticism in Film” class, is always at the top of my list. If you haven’t seen this film, I highly recommend you do. It will be one of the most beautiful, visually stimulating films you watch.
Baraka or “Blessing” is a film directed by Ron Fricke and contains no dialogue and no traditional plot – the story line is the world and its inhabitants, revealed through interconnected, weaving images. If you liked Koyaanisqatsi, you’ll love this film. Baraka contains time-lapse photography, in 70mm format, shot at 152 locations in 24 countries. The film seamlessly merges together landscapes, religious ceremonies, and people from all over the world with the message of universal connection, and that we are not all that different from one another.