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SAMSARA

Genre: Documentary
Director: Ron Fricke
Writers: Ron Fricke (concept and treatment), Mark Magidson (concept and treatment)
Country: USA
Language: None
Release Date: 23 August 2012 (Germany)
Filmed in locations: Dubai, United Arab Emirates India Burma Himalayas, Nepal China Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA Namibia Indonesia Giza, Egypt Epupa Falls, Angola Wailing Wall, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel Mecca, Saudi Arabia Philippines Versailles, Yvelines, France Tibet, China Petra, Jordan Egypt Israel Jordan Palestine Turkey

Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning “cyclic existence”.

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.

The first feature-length film since Kenneth Branagh’s “Hamlet” (1996) to be shot entirely on 70mm film.

According to the filmmakers, Michael Stearns (composer) created his original score for Samsara after the film had been “silently edited” by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson. This is different from their previous collaboration on Baraka where visuals were largely edited to a soundtrack.

For several years the filmmakers attempted to secure permission to film in North Korea, but were ultimately denied access.