Samsara (I) (2011)

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Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.




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Ron Fricke


Ron Fricke (concept and treatment written by), Mark Magidson (concept and treatment written by)

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10 September 2012 | sgtiger
| A powerful companion to Baraka, and compellingly different.
Baraka was a film that left me dazzled and mesmerized. Walking into Samsara, I was nervous that my expectations were simply too high, and that the film would too closely mimic its sibling.

I can confidently say that by the end of Samsara, I once again experienced the flick of a light switch in my mind. Everything I am was completely put into perspective. As a result, I can promise that Samsara will leave you both awestruck and completely terrified.

Samsara struck a very personal chord with me. Much of what is shown exists because of people like me. The film is an unfiltered walk through the things that I try my best to ignore in daily life. I'm not sure how to reconcile the imagery of Samsara with how I live my life. I'm also not sure that I want to. It would mean giving up the vast majority of my creature comforts, even though I know those comforts come at the expense of other people, animals and the planet.

The fact the film allows me to think about these things, in a way that I normally wouldn't, means that it worked. 4/4.

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Release Date:

23 August 2012



Country of Origin

USA, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Kenya, Denmark, Brazil, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Italy, Ghana, Egypt, China, Japan, Ethiopia, South Korea, Namibia

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,222 26 August 2012

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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