Tuesday, 13 October 2015


a film by Ron Fricke

Saṃsāra (Sanskrit संसार) is the ongoing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. If this is supposed to give you a vague idea what such-named movie could be about, it won’t prepare you for, well, anything. Perhaps not as groundbreaking as 1982 Koyaanisqatsi, Samsara will take you as far as an apparently plotless film can ever take — and beyond. A lot of imagery is stunning, some other lot is disturbing, and yet some other lot is as stunning as it is disturbing (such as a scene of pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba in Mecca). But it is the CPDRC Dancing Inmates and 1000 Hands Dance that leave me some hope for humankind. If there is any message, it is rather simple one: people should produce less and dance more.

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