DVD - 2012
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"Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA explores the wonders of the world from sacred grounds to industrial sites, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man's spirituality and the human experience. Photographed entirely in 70mm, SAMSARA's mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythms of the planet. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA is a guided meditation on the current of interconnection that runs through all of our lives"--Container.
Publisher: [Orland Park, Ill.] : MPI Home Video, [2012]
ISBN: 9780788615467
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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May 02, 2019

This is a visual journey of the world that just shows "interesting stuff" there is no story, plot or script.
I learned about this movie from a "films to watch when you're high list".

Aug 15, 2017

Best movie tosh year 2017!


Mar 15, 2017

Possibly one of the best documentaries, and overall experiences you can ever see. An immense summary of humanity itself, all captured on one of man's greatest inventions... film. A must-see for anyone who is fully aware of the world around them, and even moreso for those who are ignorant of what is around them.

Oct 11, 2016

I love documentaries and I watch them a lot. This one is one of the worst documentaries I've seen. Sheer stupidity, twisted logic, don't waste your time.

Oct 10, 2016

The whole film has a Buddhism undertone but it still covers both Christianity and Islam. A good way to describe this film would be as the history of mankind.

Jul 26, 2016

Originally posted in 2013 but disappeared:

Thanks to ktnv's pointer on "continuous flow". It is more of Baraka, film by the same producers, which showcased some of the best, and worse, parts of nature and human life. This time with spectacular footages on religious sites and artifacts mixed in with raw images on human behavior, from modern slaughter houses to a transsexual beauty contest.

Apr 17, 2016

In the "making of" section of Samsara, one of the film makers says repeatedly that this is not a film about thinking, but feeling -- how true that is. As mesmerizing and profound as are many of the images, they are edited to send a message has come to be customary with similar documentaries. Ancient cultures (the older the better) and nature: good! Modern world: bad! This is emphasized by the soundtrack, which shifts from slow and dignified to sinister and frenzied, and no prizes for guessing which side gets which music. That said, this is a more all-encompassing view of human life than I expected, and it can be re-cut in your head in many different ways.

Nov 20, 2015

A visual feast at times, but you are also reminded of the ugliness brought about by industrialization. Not a single word was spoken in this documentary. But you don't really need it. The accompanying sound track is excellent too.

Nov 13, 2015

I have a bias for pure sight and sound cinema, and I found this movie even more impressive than such iconic examples as Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Baraka ...

Jul 14, 2015

This is a 2011 documentary directed by Ron Fricke.
Through this film, you could get an unparalleled sensory experiences.
This is a kind of inspirational meditation with mesmerizing and fascinating images of clarity.

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Sep 03, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: I watched with my kids but had to fast forward a scene when an office worker creates different faces/images with clay and paint. The use of red and black paint was amazing (watched it again without kids) but too creepy for my little ones.

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