“Brazilians consider Brazil ‘God’s Country’ – and not just in an esoteric sense.” Adriana leans forward against the back of my chair a row behind me on the double decker bus as she shares this insight. “We have no wars, our soil is fertile, we respect one another, love our country, and our prosperity is at a turning point. It’s God’s Country because it is so divine, and you will know exactly what I mean when you stare at the Iguaçu Falls for the first time. I guarantee the sight will change you.”
‘God’s country;’ almost impossible to imagine a place so exquisite it could be considered the country in which god resides. But now I look back and reflect. Adriana was right. After spending a week in Foz Do Iguaçu with some of the greatest people I now know, Adriana’s insight could not be any closer to the truth.
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Layer upon glowing layer, Tokyo has a heartbeat of its own.
“Kami” is the Shinto word for ‘life force‘ or ‘spirit.’ It is the intangible layer that binds all things – both natural and man-made; both traditional and contemporary. From Shinto shrines to skyscrapers, or pink kimonos to pink hair, there is no better place to experience this vibrant aliveness than in the metropolis known as Tokyo.
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Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. SAMSARA reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry.
SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.
Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), 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. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.