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Baraka

4

Landmark documentary featuring stunning photography of the natural and man-made world

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Fricke’s kaleidoscopic doc about life, the universe and the interconnectedness of everything doesn’t look like it’s ever going to age.

Drifting between stunning images of traffic chaos, tribal ceremonies, landscapes, cities, Auschwitz, volcanoes, monkeys, starscapes, factories and faces, Fricke goes even further than the landmark Koyaanisqatsi (which he photographed) to craft a spiritual montage that delves deeper into ideas of pure cinema.

Covering comparable ground to Terrence Malick’s The Tree Of Life, Baraka usually gets a similar Marmite reaction: pretentious crap or a life-affirming experience.

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