The makers of BARAKA and KOYAANISQATSI reunite for another mind-blowing trip of a film: SAMSARA. Filmed for over four years and in more than twenty countries, the film transports us through multiple cultures to sacred grounds, disaster sites, industrialized zones and natural wonders. Samsara is a Tibetan word that means “the ever turning wheel of life,” and director Ron Fricke describes the film as a “guided meditation on the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.” Early on, we watch a group of Buddhist monks in Ladakh perform the painstaking ritual of creating a sand mandala. It’s one of the first of many images that open our eyes to our world anew. There are no words or text in this mind-bending visual feast of the Earth. Shot in 70mm, SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world, from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience, and illuminating the links between humanity and the rest of nature. Prepare yourself for an experience! PG-13. 99 Min.
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