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BARAKA = BLESSING

Posted by Rick | March 23rd, 2011 | Filed under Art, Music, Who We Are

Something about the barrage of images from Japan and Libya over the course of the last few weeks reminded me of the film Baraka, which was released almost twenty years ago. The movie has no plot or narrative, instead relying on powerful imagery and a dramatic soundtrack to convey a deeply resonant message about the relationship between mankind and nature, mankind and each other, civilization and the wild, good and evil, and the common thread that connects it all.

Music by Dead Can Dance draws you into the imagery; the lack of narration lets you draw your own conclusions. In today’s digital world, where we consume visuals in a montage-like way, this film forces you to slow the carousel down a bit and meditate on the blessing that is Earth.

2 Responses to “BARAKA = BLESSING”

  • March 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Nate says

    Great movie! Thanks for the mention – this was the first dvd that was “good enough” for me to purchase.

    I will say that you really cut to the chase with the above clip. If there can be a climax in a plot-less movie, that might be it.

    Here’s to the ‘Baraka’ that we enjoy and all the best to those wondering where it went.

  • March 24, 2011 at 6:39 pm | marc says

    wow, this just made me feel so old. I remember seeing this movie in the theater in Portland with a good friend. neither of us knew anything about the move we just sat down and then had our minds blown as it unfolded in front of us. Thanks for bringing all those memories back.

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