Director: Ron Fricke
Samsara (the ever turning wheel of life) is a cinematic experience to explore the themes of birth, life, death and rebirth and all to the accompaniment of stunning visuals and music. Shot over four years and across 26 countries, the film transcends through multiple cultures to sacred grounds, disaster sites, industrialized zones and natural wonders. The absence of a narrative with mesmerizing visuals combines with a musical score to present a “guided meditation” experience which if you are in the mood is most enjoyable. The spiritual sequel to Ron Fricke’s previous non-narrative travelogue Baraka (1992) will however leave you either refreshed and enlightened or spectacularly bored. I enjoyed it immensely.