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The phenomenal documentary SAMSARA (2011) premiered today in numerous cities in Germany and will open tomorrow across USA, followed by screenings in numerous other countries around the world. Directed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark Magidson who’s previous work include BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA might become the most talked about documentary this year. With no narration or interviews, SAMSARA is a not a traditional documentary but rather a visual journey. Along this journey, the viewer is encouraged to make his or her interpretations of the images, scenes and the flow of the film. SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life”.
“You can say SAMSARA was conceived as non-verbal guided meditation on the circle of birth, death and re-birth,” Interview with Ron Fricke, director of SAMSARA on the film´s website.
The film took over five years to make and was filmed in twenty-five countries. ‘SAMSARA was photographed entirely in 70mm film utilizing both standard frame rates and with a motion control time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project.’ Just from the trailer, one can see that the results are simply stunning. The beautiful cinematography goes hand in hand with the music which is just as important part of the film.
“Half of this type of filmmaking is the music. It’s 50/50. The music embellishes the experience with feeling— it’s the dialogue, but it’s in a feeling form.” Ron Fricke, director.
Following is the trailer for SAMSARA and a video interview with Fricke and the producer Mark Magidson from the film´s website. On the website, one can also find interviews with composers Michael Stearns and Lisa Gerrard, along with all sorts of additional videos about the making of the film etc. For further information about up-coming screenings, visit the film´s website or the Facebook page.