Samsara - Movie Review


Samsara

Samsara - Movie Review

This film was made years after the first film Baraka and it was directed by Ron Fricke. Samsara follows the same path Baraka did but with a clearer message and a stronger vision.

It’s like Baraka was this creative introduction to tell you the truth about the world. It’s an eye-opening masterpiece that was shot over five years, twenty-five countries and five different continents. 

 Samsara gives us a chance to appreciate the beauty of the wonders, not just by showing beautiful shots but by putting them together in a perfect harmony that will allow you to feel and taste it.

It seeks to change our perception of things and allow us to appreciate all kinds of human rituals, traditions, dances, and efforts to take part in observing nature, animals, birds, and other creatures as well as the mountains, the rocks, the forests and the waterfalls around us.  

It’s a story about the human condition, where we are today and where we’re heading, and the truth that we’re part of nature, its energy and complexity, it’s the power as well as our connection with it and where it’s hidden.


It allows us to face human suffering and look at pictures we tend to avoid and isolate ourselves from like poverty and our ignorance of it, the love of war and the brutal violence behind it, how we allow all this by becoming parts of a capitalistic world at its best. It also allows us to observe and experience the power of love, unity, and death.

Samsara will give you a chance to step out of the isolation and into the cycle of life, and become what we really are. Politics is a very strongly discussed idea in this film as it showcases what is going on in the world and where we stand.

The place that other creatures, nature, and astronomy take up in all of that. How we live our lives caught up with meaningless goals, slaves of consumption, and abuse to all our resources. In search of something that only allows us to be lost instead of in the present.  

 Besides the delightful shots of religious rituals, cultures, traditions, and nature, we see sex dolls being manufactured, people that hold guns in pride, warriors ready to fight, computers poisoning our earth, and armies of robots.

Ron actually manages to capture the very essence of life and our world. How we’re part of that energy, that stream of life, but we still cause and experience its agony. How we give up to politics and allow our leaders to make our parts of their plans rather than exploring our true purpose and expanding our horizons. How we seek religion looking for security in the midst of the fear we let control ourselves. 

One of the most admirable things I’ve noticed about this film is the power of the circle and how it’s everywhere in the world. We gather in circles or move in circles in our prayers (whatever religion we’re in). 

The Circle of life and death, the sun and the moon, the movement of the stars, and our entire universe. The circle shots were brilliant and the pattern is very well shown throughout the film.

Samsara also promotes transformation and revolutionary changes, in hopes of a better life and humanity. Highly recommended!


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