Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Baraka, Imagery in Motion

Dear Mr. Fricke,

I don't know how you do it. How is it possible to take such simple images and draw such beauty from them? To take the exotic from the far reaches of the world, and connect it with the commonplace from home? And all this with no script, no actors, and no plot.

I was first struck by the connection you make between humanity and nature. Its amazing how the simplicity of nature can be found so many places, even in our busy society. But it was even more amazing to me how the rituals and rites of religion can connect people of all places to the nature that surrounds us.

Then, your focus on rhythm really astounded me. In all the places in our lives, from the traffic in our cities, to the clouds over mountains, there is an ebb and flow, a rhythm to life. Thank you for putting the images together to highlight those rhythms.

Finally, I was struck with the ways we, as people, allow ourselves to be treated almost factory-like. It's as though we are just as processed as the manufactured goods we rely upon so much.

Honestly, there aren't words for the emotions you evoke or the beauty you have filmed. So I will simply end with this:

I've been told that "baraka" means "blessing" in several languages. Thank you for this Baraka.



brd said...

As a fan of the Qatsi series by P. Glass and G. Reggio, filmed by Ron Fricke who directed this one, I am thrilled to see these images and hear these sounds.

I guess I could say lots of things, but no, that might spoil it. How about a list of my favorites from Baraka:
The Monkey in the Hot Springs
The Visit to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
The Balinese Monkey Chant
The Chicken Factory (in a very strange and somewhat negative way)
The Terracotta Warriors of Xian.

Speaking of the Terracotta Warriors, I'm reminded of the book For the Time Being by Annie Dillard, who, in it, says, "I don't know beans about God," though she proceeds to make us believe also. Dillard's work searches through images, word pictures, as Baraka does to find some correllative meaning.

Thank you so much for bringing this work to my attention.

cadh 8 said...

OK, so I admit, I watched the Baraka #2 and the third video at the same time. Baraka was a bit slow by itself, I admit. :) But I guess that is the point of the second video. We move fast these days! Cool videos and concepts.

brd said...

This comment from a woman who is capable of sitting and quilting for hours?

I will admit that I almost dozed off with the monkey in the hot springs, but that was just intense identification.

cadh 8 said...

Yes, but when I am quilting I am usually also watching TV or listening to a book on tape or doing laundry between seams! :)

brd said...

Well, what is being hyped as the highest quality DVD ever produced is now available---and it is redigitized version of Baracka.

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