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Chronos 1985 / Baraka 1992 / Samsara 2012

directed by Ron Fricke

In 1985, Ron Fricke directs the abstract non-narrative film CHRONOS. The bulk of the film covers the history of civilization, from pre-history to Egypt to Rome to Late Antiquity to the rise of Western Europe in the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to the Modern Era. CHRONOS was the first collaboration of Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson, Michael Stearns and Alton Walpole and showed the beginnings of Fricke’s passion that was to become in 1992 the famous also non-narrative BARAKA.

below you can watch the (full) BARAKA / CHRONOS / SAMSARA documentaries. Also listen to soundtracks for more info about these specific documentaries check the links at the end of the post.

An often considered a spiritual film, containing breathtaking shots of 24 countries from 6 continents, around the world, BARAKA is showing the beauty and destruction of nature and humans.

Ron Fricke in 2012 comes back with the incredible SAMSARA, Ron’s follow-up to BARAKA.

What Ron has to say about SAMSARA, is that it is different from BARAKA, although it has the same spirit, the same exquisite picture quality, emotion evoking landscapes and people, timelapse sequences, fast paced editing, and emotional music. It is more about people, it is less spiritual than BARAKA, more urban.

The content of SAMSARA is varied. With a definite emphasis on people. What people have done, what they do and what has happened to people.

SAMSARA 2012 - The Trailer

SAMSARA 2012 - The Musical Journey

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
The creators and composers of SAMSARA discuss the creative process of the film’s soundtrack.


Samsara (duration 1:42:06)

Baraka (duration 1:37:50)

"It’s not where you are that’s important, it’s what’s there." - Ron Fricke

Chronos (duration 00:42:40)

interview Samsara & Baraka Filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s Film Meditation (duration 49:15)

samsara soundtrack

baraka soundtrack


*note not to be confused: if you search on youtube you will find that there is a film entitled SAMSARA. You must notice that it is a complete different kind of movie shot in 2001… it has nothing to do with the above information.

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