After a crazy holiday period, and possible mental breakdown, I needed a way to relax. It was a spiritual friend of mine who recommended that I see the new film 'Samsara'. Seeing that I am a filmmaker and a spiritual person, I had two reasons to see this film. The first reason was because it has no words and is a collection of moving pictures with a spectacular musical score. The other, more spiritual, reason was to experience a journey through humanity's many cultures.
Samsara explores some of the many cultures of humanity.
Director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson reunited to bring us their newest creation. Shot on 70mm film, over five years and across twenty-five countries, Samara is a collection of moving photographs that have been specially chosen to provoke an emotional reaction within us. With both inspiring and confronting images shown, each person is expected to come away with their own story.
As much as they would like us to believe that they had intended to not tell a story, I believe they did - which is not a bad thing mind you. The story that was portrayed was one that needed to be told. With a mixture of ancient cultures mixed with the modern world and topics such as food, sex and religion are all explored. All were so magnificently put together. At moments I was in awe while other times anger, and sadness. Fricke and Magidson will take you on an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you feeling inspired afterwards.
This is truly a masterpiece of a film and as many have suggested, when you watch it, do not think, just feel. Let your emotions tell the story, not your thoughts. It is a great way to clear your mind from all the stresses in your life. Think of it as a ninety-nine minute meditation.