25 November, 2012
Producer: Paul Waterhouse
Five years, 25 countries, one extraordinary film. No actors and no dialogue: just the most breathtaking imagery you will ever see.
Filmed entirely on 70mm film, Samsara is a snapshot of life around the globe. Cameras capture stunning pictures of temples scattered high on mountain tops, rituals of ancient civilisations, cities destroyed by flood, and fire burning deep below the earth’s surface. Viewers take a journey from the chaotic freeways of Los Angeles to the serene temples of Burma. We visit Japanese geishas and Indian monks, and travel from an Israeli checkpoint to a Philippine prison.
Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever-turning wheel of life”. It was the point of departure for the filmmakers as they searched for ‘the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives’. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, Samsara subverts the expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.
The film reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films Baraka (1992) and Chronos (1985) were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry.
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